Valentine USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Kay Hand reminds producers to review available USDA crop risk protection options, including federal crop insurance and Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage, before the spring-seeded crop deadline of 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 forage and grazing crops, fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, floriculture, ornamental nursery, aquaculture, turf grass, ginseng, honey, syrup, bioenergy and industrial crops.

The following crops in Cherry County have a NAP application deadline of March 15, 2017: Alfalfa, Barley, Grass, Millet, Mixed Forage, Oats, Potatoes, and Grain Sorghum.

NAP policies allow producers to protect their investment by purchasing coverage for noninsurable crops. Natural disasters are an unavoidable part of farming and ranching, and FSA programs like NAP help producers recover when they experience a loss.

NAP basic coverage is available at 55 percent of the average market price for crop losses that exceed 50 percent of expected production, with higher levels of coverage, up to 65 percent of their expected production at 100 percent of the average market price available, including coverage for organics and crops marketed directly to consumers. Crops intended for grazing are not eligible for additional NAP coverage.

Federal crop insurance coverage is sold and delivered solely through private insurance agents. Agent lists are available at all USDA Service Centers or at USDA’s online Agent Locator: http://prodwebnlb.rma.usda.gov/apps/AgentLocator/#. Producers can use the USDA Cost Estimator, https://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 the Valentine FSA office at 402-376-1712, Ext. 2 or visit the web at www.fsa.usda.gov/nap.