Columbia-Union County FSA Updates

July 27, 2016

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Columbia-Union County FSA Updates

2304 SW Main Blvd Suite 103
Lake City, FL  32025

Phone: 386-752-8447
Fax: 855-485-0087

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

County Executive Director:
Hugh Hunter

Farm Loan Manager:
Jim Boyd, 352-372-4668

Program Technicians:
Jenny Morrison

County Committee:
Ross Terry, Chairperson
Alan Courson, Vice-Chairperson
Joshua Smith, Member
Aldine Feagle, Member
Charlie Crawford, Member
Walter Rentz, Advisor

Next County Committee
Meeting:  Thursday,
July 28, 2016 at 8:30 am

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 a NAP application deadline:

Crop/Type                                                                       Sales Deadlines

Cabbage, Greens, Radish:                                                       08/15/2016

Strawberries:                                                                             08/31/2016

Flowers, Grass for Sod:                                                            09/01/2016

Grass, Mixed Forage, Oats, Perennial Peanuts, Rye, Wheat:  09/30/2016

Beets, Blueberries, Broccoli, Caneberries, Onions:                  11/20/2016

Honey:                                                                                         12/1/2016

Okra, Potatoes:                                                                          12/31/2016

Brussels Sprouts, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Lettuce, Pecans, Peppers, Tomatoes:                                                                                  01/31/2017

Beans, Cantaloupe, Corn, Grapes,  Millet, Peas, Peanuts, Pumpkins, Rutabaga, Sorghum, Soybeans, Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Turnips, Watermelons:                                                                             02/28/2017

USDA has partnered with Michigan State University and the University of Illinois to create an online tool at 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: Producers can use the USDA Cost Estimator,, 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 ext 2 or visit the web at