USDA Update – November 20, 2023
- NOVEMBER 23, 2023 – SERVICE CENTER CLOSED – THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY
- DECEMBER 1, 2023 - NAP APPLICATON FOR COVERAGE DEADLINE - Alfalfa and Grass
- DECEMBER 4, 2023 – DEADLINE TO MAIL OR RETURN COC BALLOT TO FSA
- JANUARY 30, 2024- LIVESTOCK FORAGE PROGRAM or LFP – Kiowa County eligible.
Disclaimer: Information in this UPDATE is pertinent to Kiowa County FSA only. Producers reading this and that do not have FSA interest in Kiowa County are advised to contact their local FSA Office.
THE USDA SERVICE CENTER HAS A DROP BOX AVAILABLE ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE BUILDING.
Wishing all our producers a Happy Thanksgiving. We all have much to be thankful for this year and every year. Thank you to the farmers for supplying the food for the holiday and everyday.
ERP – 2022 – TRACK 1 APPLICATIONS
The office was notified earlier this week that there has been a delay in the mailing of the ERP 2022 Track 1 applications, producers should be receiving an application in the mail next week (week of November 20th) to complete.
Producers who have not received an application in the mail by Monday, November 27, 2023, contact the FSA Office and an application can be printed locally and completed if there were qualifying losses.
When producers receive the ERP application in the mail, it’s important to read the cover letter and understand how to complete the application.
USDA Reminds Producers of Fall Application Deadlines for Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP)
USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers of approaching application deadlines for purchasing risk coverage for some crops through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP). NAP provides financial assistance to producers of non-insurable crops impacted by natural disasters that result in lower yields, crop losses, or prevented crop planting.
NAP covers losses from natural disasters on crops for which no permanent federal crop insurance program is available, including forage and grazing crops, fruits, vegetables, floriculture, ornamental nursery, aquaculture, turf grass and more.
December 1, 2023, application deadlines for NAP coverage in Kiowa County for the 2024 production season include:
- Perennial grass
NAP basic coverage is available at 55 percent of the average market price for crop losses that exceed 50 percent of expected production. Buy-up coverage is available in some cases. NAP offers higher levels of coverage, ranging from 50 percent to 65 percent of expected production in 5 percent increments, at 100 percent of the average market price. Producers of organic crops 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 coverage levels ranging between 50 percent and 65 percent of expected production. Buy-up coverage is not available for crops intended for grazing.
For all coverage levels, the 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. Premiums apply for buy-up coverage.
If a producer has a Socially Disadvantaged, Limited Resource, Beginning and Veteran Farmer or Rancher Certification (form CCC-860) on file with FSA, it may serve as an application for basic coverage for all eligible crops beginning with crop year 2022. These producers will have all NAP-related service fees for basic coverage waived. These producers may also receive a 50 percent premium reduction if higher levels of coverage are elected on form CCC-471, prior to the application closing date for each crop.
To learn more about NAP visit fsa.usda.gov/nap or contact your local USDA Service Center.