The United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency reminds producers to review available USDA crop risk protection options, including federal crop insurance and Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program coverage, before the crop deadline March 15.
    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.
    The following crops have a NAP application deadline of March 15: spring-seeded annual crops such as vegetables, grain crops such as sorghum and perennial forage pasture.
    Producers can determine if crops are eligible for federal crop insurance or NAP by visiting https://www.webapp.rma.usda.gov/apps/actuarialinformationbrowser2018/CropCriteria.aspx.
    NAP basic coverage is available at 55 percent of the average market price for crop losses that exceed 50 percent of expected production.
    Federal crop insurance coverage is sold and delivered solely through private insurance agents. Agent lists are available at all USDA service centers or online at http://www.prodwebnlb.rma.usda.gov/apps/AgentLocator/#.
    Producers can use the USDA cost estimator, https://www.ewebapp.rma.usda.gov/apps/costestimator/Default.aspx, to predict insurance premium costs.
    For more information on NAP, service fees, premiums and sales deadlines, contact your county’s FSA office or visit http://www.fsa.usda.gov/nap.
    Farm Service Agency is an Equal Opportunity Lender. Complaints about discrimination should be sent to: Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250. Visit the Farm Service Agency Web site at: www.fsa.usda.gov/ for necessary application forms and updates on USDA programs.