Florida FSA - Columbia and Union Counties - Producers Urged to Consider Risk Protection Coverage before Crop Sales Deadlines

December 30, 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   
 Monday - Friday
 8:00 am – 4:30 pm     

County Committee            
The County Committee’s next meeting is scheduled for January 28, 2016 at 8:30am.

COC Members:
Ross Terry, Member
Alan Courson Member
Joshua Smith Member
Aldine Feagle, Member
Charlie H Crawford, Member
Walter Rentz Advisor

County Office Staff 
Hugh Hunter, County Executive Director 
Jim Boyd, Farm Loans

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

Columbia-Union County Producers Urged to Consider Risk Protection Coverage before Crop Sales Deadlines

The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers to review available USDA crop risk protection options, including federal crop insurance and Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage, before the crop deadline.  

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 in Columbia-Union County have the following NAP application deadlines: 

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

Beans, Cantaloupe, Corn, Grapes, Honeydew, Millet, Peas, Peanuts, Perennial Peanuts, Potatoes (Sweet), Pumpkins, Radishes, Rutabaga, Sorghum, Soybeans, Squash, 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.

USDA has partnered with Michigan State University and the University of Illinois to create an online tool at www.fsa.usda.gov/nap that allows producers to determine whether their crops are eligible for federal crop insurance or NAP and to explore the best level of protection for their operation. 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 Columbia-Union County FSA office at 386-752-8447 or visit the web at www.fsa.usda.gov/nap.