Thursday, March 20, 2014

NAP Overview

Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program Overview
USDA's Farm Service Agency's (FSA) Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) provides financial assistance to producers of noninsurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory or prevented planting occur due to a natural disaster.

Eligible producers must apply for coverage of noninsurable crops using Form CCC-471, "Application for Coverage," and pay the applicable service fee at the FSA office where their farm records are maintained. The application and service fee must be filed by the application closing date as established by the FSA State Committee.



The service fee is the lesser of $250 per crop or $750 per producer per administrative county, not to exceed a total of $1,875 for a producer with farming interests in multiple counties. Limited resource producers may request a waiver of the service fee.

NAP covers the amount of loss greater than 50 percent of the expected production based on the approved yield and reported acreage.

2014 NAP Dates
September 1, 2013 - Application closing date for triticale
October 31, 2013 - Final planting date for triticale
November 15, 2013 - Acreage reporting deadline for alfalfa, grass, mixed forage, and triticale
December 1, 2013 - Application closing date for alfalfa, grass, and mixed forage
March 15, 2014 - Application closing date for forage millet, oats, and forage sorghum
May 15, 2014 - Final planting date for oats
July 15, 2014 - Final planting date for forage sorghum
July 15, 2014 - Acreage reporting deadline for crops without a November 15 reporting deadline
August 1, 2014 - Final planting date for forage millet
October 15, 2014 - End of coverage and harvest date for alfalfa, forage millet, and forage sorghum
October 20, 2014 - End of coverage and harvest date for mixed forage
October 31, 2014 - End of coverage and harvest date for oats and triticale
December 10, 2014 - End of coverage and harvest date for grass
July 15, 2015 - Production reporting deadline for all 2014 NAP crops
Acreage Reporting Requirements.

To remain eligible for NAP assistance, the following crop acreage information must be reported annually:
Name of the crop (grass, sorghum, etc.);
Type and variety (native, sudan, etc.);
Location and acreage of the crop (tract and field/sub-field, legal section-township-range, etc.);
Share of the crop and the names of other producers with an interest in the crop;
Type of practice used to grow the crop (irrigated or non-irrigated);
Date the crop was planted in each field and;
Intended use of the commodity (grazing, forage, etc.).

Producers should report crop acreage shortly after planting (early in the risk period) to ensure reporting deadlines are not missed and coverage is not lost.
Filing a Notice of Loss.

A notice of loss must be provided for prevented planting claims, within 15 calendar days after the final planting date. (See NAP Dates Above)

A notice of loss must be provided for low yield or failed crop claims, the earlier of 15 calendar days after the damaging weather or disaster occurrence or date damage to the specific crop acreage or commodity is apparent to the producer or 15 calendar days after the normal harvest date. (See NAP Dates Above)

PHONE CALLS DON’T COUNT.  FORM CCC-576 PART B, MUST BE COMPLETED TO FILE A NOTICE OF LOSS.

If the producer chooses not to harvest the crop, all eligible crop units for which they intend to make an application for payment must be left intact until the units have been appraised or released.
Production Reporting Requirements. Producers are required to report all production on each crop for which they purchased NAP coverage and planted, regardless as to whether or not a notice of loss is filed.

The production reporting deadline for all 2014 NAP crops is July 15, 2015 (July 15, 2014 for 2013 Crops).

If the producers fails to provide acceptable production evidence, a zero credited, or T-yield will apply and will be included in you approved average yield, reducing your likelihood of receiving payment on a future notice of loss, and reducing payment amounts on a future notices of loss.

Acceptable production evidence includes verifiable and reliable: Commercial receipts, settlement sheets, warehouse ledger sheets, pick records, or load summaries if the crop was sold or otherwise disposed of through commercial channels; documentary evidence, such as contemporaneous measurements, truck scale tickets, pick records, custom harvest documents that clearly identify the amount of production from the applicable acreage, and contemporaneous diaries, as necessary, to verify information provided by the producer if the eligible crop was stored, sold, fed to livestock , or otherwise disposed of other than through commercial channels; appraisal information from a loss adjustor acceptable to FSA.

Records shall: Be dated; show disposition of the crop’s production, including both quantity and price; be seasonal or crop specific for crops that are produced more than once in a calendar year; clearly identify acreage from which the production was obtained.

Questions? 
Please contact Casey Toyne, County Executive Director, at (719) 743-2408, casey.toyne@co.usda.gov.

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