Florida FSA - Columbia and Union Counties - February Updates

February 2015

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Columbia-Union 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 March 26, 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 
Bunny Dubas, PT 
Jenny Morrison, PT   
Website:  www.fsa.usda.gov

Acreage Reporting Dates

In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to visit the County FSA office to file an accurate crop certification report by the applicable deadline.

The following acreage reporting dates are applicable for COLUMBIA-UNION County:

May 15, 2015:                               Tobacco

July 15, 2015:                               all other crops

November 15, 2015:                     PRF/Perennial Forage

January 15, 2016:                         Fall-seeded Small Grain

The following exceptions apply to the above acreage reporting dates:

  • If the crop has not been planted by the above acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 15 calendar days after planting is completed.
  • If a producer acquires additional acreage after the above acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 30 calendars days after purchase or acquiring the lease. Appropriate documentation must be provided to the county office.
  • If a perennial forage crop is reported with the intended use of “cover only,” “green manure,” “left standing,” or “seed,” then the acreage must be reported by July 15th.

NAP Acreage Reports:  The State Committee determined for all annually planted fruits and vegetables covered by NAP the producer shall report acreage within 15 calendar days after the completion of planting for each specific crop type.

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.

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 limited resource producers.

2015 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. 

Crop/Type* - Beans, Blackberries/Caneberries, Cantaloupe, Corn, Grapes,  Millet, Peas, Peanuts, Pumpkins, Rutabaga, Sorghum, Soybeans, Squash, Turnips, Watermelons

Application Closing Dates - 02/28/2015

*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 offices.usda.gov.