Closing date for at risk plants is Sept. 1

Purchasing insurance is easy way to practice risk management

COLLEGE STATION—USDA Texas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Juan M. Garcia, urges producers who want to purchase coverage through the Noninsurable Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) to do so before the sales closing date of Sept. 1.

NAP provides financial assistance to producers of noninsurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory or prevented planting occur due to normal disasters.

The following crops have a NAP application closing date of Sept. 1, 2011: all small grains (wheat, oats, barley, r ye and triticale), beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, canola, cauliflower, garlic, sod grass, greens, herbs, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, onions, radishes, strawberries, turnips and value loss crops (Christmas trees, crustaceans, rin fish and flowers).

In order to meet eligibility requirements for NAP, crops must be noninsurable, commercially produced agricultural commodity crops for which the catastrophic risk protection level of crop insurance is not available.

If the Risk Management Agency (RMA) offers coverage for a crop in the county, then NAP coverage is not available for that crop.

In the event of a natural disaster, NA P covers the amount of loss greater than 50 percent of the expected production based on the approved yield and reported acreage.

Eligible producers can apply for coverage using form CCC-471, Application for Coverage.

Producers must file the application and service fee by the Sept. 1st deadline.

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