The USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that higher levels of coverage will be offered through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) – a popular safety-net program – beginning April 8. The 2018 Farm Bill also increased service fees and made other changes to the program, including service-fee waivers for qualified military veterans interested in obtaining NAP coverage.
The 2018 Farm Bill reinstates higher levels of coverage, from 50 to 65 percent of expected production in 5 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. NAP basic coverage is available at 55 percent of the average market price for crop losses that exceed 50 percent of expected production.
Producers have a one-time opportunity until May 24, 2019, to obtain buy-up coverage for 2019 or 2020 eligible crops for which the NAP-application closing date has passed. Buy-up coverage is not available for crops intended for grazing.
For NAP application, eligibility and related program information, visit fsa.usda.gov/nap or contact your local USDA Service Center. To locate your local FSA office, visit farmers.gov.