Farm Service Agency Program Updates for Greenville and Pickens Counties, SC - NAP Buy-Up Coverage Available - Deadline May 24th

April 2019

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Greenville and Pickens FSA County Office Updates


Greenville and Pickens  FSA County Office

301 University Ridge, Suite 4700 Greenville, SC  29601

Phone: 864-920-6407 Fax: 855-589-8995

County Executive Director:

Glenn Thomas glenn.thomas@usda.gov

Acting Farm Loan Manager: 
Braden Iusti 
Braden.Iusti@usda.gov

Program Technicians:
Marina Pariente, Lead FP PT
Kelly Moon, FLP PT

County Committee:
James A. Scott, III, Chairperson Jeff Pepper
Rocky Burdett
Margaret Harrison, COC Advisor

Next County Committee Meeting:  To Be Announced

USDA Announces Buy-Up Coverage Availability and New Service Fees for NAP - Deadline May 24, 2019

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has announced that higher levels of coverage are now being offered through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), a popular safety net program. The 2018 Farm Bill also increased service fees and made other changes to the program, including service fee waivers for qualified military veterans interested in obtaining NAP coverage.

NAP provides financial assistance to producers of commercial crops for which insurance coverage is not available in order to protect against natural disasters that result in lower yields or crop losses or prevent crop planting.  

NAP Buy-Up Coverage Option

The 2018 Farm Bill reinstates higher levels of coverage, from 50 to 65 percent of expected production in 5 percent increments, at 100 percent of the average market price. Producers of organics and crops marketed directly to consumers also may exercise the “buy-up” option to obtain NAP coverage of 100 percent of the average market price at the coverage levels of between 50 and 65 percent of expected production. NAP basic coverage is available at 55 percent of the average market price for crop losses that exceed 50 percent of expected production.   

Producers have a one-time opportunity until May 24, 2019, to obtain buy-up coverage for 2019 or 2020 eligible crops for which the NAP application closing date has passed.  

Buy-up coverage is not available for crops intended for grazing.