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Palo Alto/Emmet FSA Update

USDA Encourages Producers to Consider NAP Risk Protection Coverage before the 11/20/2018 Crop Sales Deadline

November 6, 2018
by Lisa Forberger, CED , Emmetsburg News

The Farm Service Agency encourages producers to examine available USDA crop risk protection options, including federal crop insurance and Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage, before the applicable crop sales deadline.

Producers are reminded that crops not covered by insurance may be eligible for NAP. Beginning, underserved and limited resource farmers are now eligible for free catastrophic level coverage.

Federal crop insurance covers crop losses from natural adversities such as drought, hail and excessive moisture. NAP covers losses from natural disasters on crops for which no permanent federal crop insurance program is available, including perennial grass forage and grazing crops, fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, floriculture, ornamental nursery, aquaculture, turf grass, ginseng, honey, syrup, bioenergy, and industrial crops.

NAP basic coverage is available at 55 percent of the average market price for crop losses that exceed 50 percent of expected production.

Deadlines for coverage on 11/20/18 includes, aronia berries, apples, blueberries, cherries, grapes, peaches, pears, and plums. 12/01/18 is the deadline to purchase NAP for honey. To learn more about NAP visit or your local USDA Service Center. To find your local USDA Service Centers go

Contact Forberger at the Palo Alto County office, 712 552 3386, or the Emmet County number, 712 362 7221.



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