Florida FSA - Columbia and Union Counties - August Disaster Assistance and Protection Options

August 2015

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Columbia-Union County FSA Updates


2304 SW Main Blvd
Suite 103
Lake City, FL 32025  

386-752-8447 Phone 
855-485-0087 Fax   
  
 Hours 
 Monday - Friday
 8:00 am – 4:30 pm     

County Committee            
The County Committee’s next meeting is scheduled for September 24, 2015 at 8:30 am.

COC Members:
Travis Dicks Chairperson
Ross Terry Vice Chairperson
Delvey Dicks Member
Alan Courson Member
Joshua Smith Member
Walter Rentz Advisor


County Office Staff 
  
Hugh Hunter, County Executive Director 
  
Jim Boyd, Farm Loans
352-372-4668

Bunny Dubas, PT    
Jenny Morrison, PT   
Website:  www.fsa.usda.gov

Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP)

NAP is a federally funded program that provides financial assistance to producers of non-insurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory, or prevented planting occurs as a result of natural disasters.  NAP provides coverage for crops for which the catastrophic level of insurance is not available and payments of indemnities are based on individual producer crop losses.  NAP losses must be reported within 15 days of loss.

For hand-harvested crops, at least one producer having a share in the unit must notify FSA of damage or loss through the Administrative County Office for the unit within 72 hours of the date damage or loss first becomes apparent.

Notification may be provided by the participant or participant’s representative by the following methods:

  • Filing the FSA-576 Part B
  • Email
  • Fax
  • Phone

Service Fees
Eligible producers must pay a service fee of $250 per crop not to exceed $750 per producer per administrative county, but not to exceed $1,875 for a producer with farming interests in multiple counties.  Service fees may be waived for beginning and traditionally underserved producers, as well as farmers with limited resources.

2016 Application Closing Dates
The following application closing dates are being furnished so that you are aware of deadlines applicable to specific crops.  Please note: All crops listed may not be available in your county.  In order for these crops to be eligible for NAP coverage in your county the crop must have production evidence for 3 prior crop years, have evidence substantiating a market for these crops, and that the crops can be produced successfully.  

Strawberries
08/31/2015

Flowers, Grass for Sod
09/01/2015

Grass, Mixed Forage, Oats, Perennial Peanuts, Rye, Wheat
09/30/2015

Beets, Blueberries, Broccoli, Caneberries, Onions
11/20/2015

Honey
12/1/2015

Okra, Potatoes
12/31/2015

Brussels Sprouts, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Lettuce, Pecans, Peppers, Tomatoes
01/31/2016

Beans, Cantaloupe, Corn, Grapes,  Millet, Peas, Peanuts, Pumpkins, Rutabaga, Sorghum, Soybeans, Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Turnips, Watermelons
02/28/2016

*All crops are fresh market unless otherwise noted.  Coverage for Spring and Fall plantings must be purchased on the same date.

Greater protection is now available from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop insurance. The new options, created by the 2014 Farm Bill, provide greater coverage for losses when natural disasters affect specialty crops such as vegetables, fruits, mushrooms, floriculture, ornamental nursery, aquaculture, turf grass, ginseng, honey, syrup, and energy crops. 

Previously, the program offered coverage at 55 percent of the average market price for crop losses that exceed 50 percent of expected production. Producers can now choose higher levels of coverage, up to 65 percent of their expected production at 100 percent of the average market price. 

The expanded protection will be especially helpful to beginning and traditionally underserved producers, as well as farmers with limited resources, who will receive fee waivers and premium reductions for expanded coverage. More crops are now eligible for the program, including expanded aquaculture production practices, and sweet and biomass sorghum. For the first time, a range of crops used to produce bioenergy will be eligible as well.  

To help producers learn more about the NAP and how it can help them, USDA, in partnership with Michigan State University and the University of Illinois, created an online resource. The Web tool, available at www.fsa.usda.gov/nap, allows producers to determine whether their crops are eligible for coverage. It also gives them an opportunity to explore a variety of options and levels to determine the best protection level for their operation. 

To learn more, visit the Farm Service Agency (FSA) website at www.fsa.usda.gov/nap or contact your local FSA office at 904-266-0088.