Producers Encouraged to Enroll in Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director, Brad Pfaff, recently announced that producers who apply for FSA farm loans also will be offered the opportunity to enroll in new disaster loss protections created by the 2014 Farm Bill. The new coverage, available from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), is available to FSA loan applicants who grow non-insurable crops, so this is especially important to fruit and vegetable producers and other specialty crop growers.
“FSA is opening its doors wider so that more specialty farmers know of our array of services,” said Pfaff. “And new, underserved and limited income specialty growers who apply for farm loans could qualify for basic loss coverage at no cost, or higher coverage for a discounted premium.”
Growers need not apply for an FSA loan, nor be a beginning, limited resource, or underserved farmer, to be eligible for Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program assistance. Fore more information visit fsa.usda.gov/nap or fsa.usda.gov/farmloans.