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FSA reminds producers of approaching NAP deadlines for 2020 crops

By Reflector news staff • Oct 7, 2019 at 5:18 PM

Producers interested in the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), need to apply for coverage by:

Nov. 20 for 2020 NAP coverage on apples, asparagus, blueberries, caneberries, cherries, chestnuts, forage for hay and pasture, grapes, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums, strawberries, honey, maple sap and hops.

Mar. 15 is the deadline for 2020 NAP coverage on forage sorghum, oats, potatoes, soybeans, sunflowers and all spring planted specialty crops grown for food.

The 2018 Farm Bill reinstates higher levels of coverage, from 50 to 65 percent of expected production in five percent increments, at 100 percent of the average market price. Producers of organics and crops marketed directly to consumers also may exercise the “buy-up” option to obtain NAP coverage of 100 percent of the average market price, at the coverage levels of between 50 and 65 percent of expected production. NAP basic coverage is available at 55 percent of the average market price for crop losses that exceed 50 percent of expected production. For all coverage levels, the new NAP service fee is the lesser of $325 per crop or $825 per producer per county, not to exceed a total of $1,950 for a producer with farming interests in multiple counties. These amounts reflect a $75 service fee increase for crop, county or multi-county coverage. The fee increases apply to obtaining NAP coverage on crops on or after April 8, 2019. Eligible producers can apply for 2020 NAP coverage at their local FSA office using form CCC-471 — Application for Coverage. To help producers learn more about the NAP program and how it can help them, USDA, offers an online Web tool at fsa.usda.gov/nap.

Enrollment for Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage Programs

Agricultural producers can now enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs — two popular safety net programs — for the 2019 crop year. Interested producers must sign up for either program by Mar. 15. The 2018 Farm Bill reauthorized and made updates to these two USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) programs. ARC provides income support payments on historical base acres when actual crop revenue declines below a specified guarantee level. PLC program provides income support payments on historical base acres when the price for a covered commodity falls below its effective reference price. Covered commodities include barley, canola, large and small chickpeas, corn, flaxseed, grain sorghum, lentils, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, dry peas, grapeseed, long grain rice, medium grain rice, safflower seed, seed cotton, sesame, soybeans, sunflower seed and wheat. Updated provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill allow producers with an interest in a farm to enroll and elect coverage in crop-by-crop ARC-County or PLC, or ARC-Individual for the entire farm, for program year 2019. The election applies to both the 2019 and 2020 crop years.

Although 2019 enrollment began Sept. 3 — and must occur first — a producer waiting until Oct. 7 to enroll is afforded the opportunity to enroll in either program for both 2019 and 2020 during the same office visit. During this time, farm owners have a one-time opportunity to update PLC payment yields that takes effect beginning with crop year 2020.

The Huron/Erie County Farm Service Agency and Ohio State Extension will be holding Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage informational sessions. Sign-up dates for program year 2019: Sept. 3, 2019 – Mar. 15, 2020; program year 2020: Oct. 7, 2019 – June 30, 2020.

The following meetings have been scheduled (additional meetings will be added if needed);

• Oct.17 – 1 p.m, Huron County FSA at 8 Fair Road Norwalk

• Oct. 30 – 5:30 p.m. at Huron County FSA

• Nov. 7 – 6:00 p.m. EHOVE at 316 W Mason Road, Milan

• Nov. 21 – 10:00 a.m. Huron County FSA

• Dec. 12 – 6:00 p.m. EHOVE 

RSVP to the Huron/Erie County Office 419-668-4113