Monday, November 19, 2007

Assistance for Fruit Loss


Tim Kelley, State Executive Director for the Missouri Farm Service Agency (FSA), reminds producers that the final deadline to apply for 2008 Non-insured Assistance Program (NAP) coverage on apples, grapes, and peaches is November 20, 2007.

Kelley said, “NAP offers assistance to producers who suffer production losses due to disaster conditions and is offered in counties where crop insurance is not available. Producers should immediately contact their local FSA office to obtain additional information and make an application.”

Eligible Crops
To be eligible for NAP assistance, crops must be noninsurable crops and agricultural commodities for which the catastrophic risk protection level of crop insurance is not available, and must be any of the following commercially produced crops:
■ crops grown for food;
■ crops planted and grown for livestock consumption, including, but not limited to, grain and forage crops, including native forage;
■ crops grown for fiber, such as cotton and fl ax (except for trees);
■ crops grown under a controlled environment, such as mushrooms and floriculture;
■ specialty crops, such as honey and maple sap;
■ value loss crops, such as aquaculture, Christmas trees, ginseng, ornamental nursery and turfgrass sod;
■ sea oats and sea grass; and
■ seed crops where the propagation stock is produced for sale as seed stock for other eligible NAP crop production.

Please contact a crop insurance agent if you have questions regarding whether a crop is insurable in your county. For further information on whether a crop is eligible for NAP coverage, please contact your local FSA office.

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