Farm Service Agency Program Updates for Greenville and Pickens Counties, SC -Producers Urged to Consider NAP Risk Protection Coverage Before Crop Sales Deadlines

September 28, 2020

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Greenville and Pickens FSA County Updates

Greenville and Pickens Counties FSA County Office

301 University Ridge, Ste 4700 Greenville, SC 29601

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

County Executive Director: Glenn Thomas

Farm Loan Manager:
Ashley Acuff

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

County Committee:
James A. Scott, III, Chairperson Jeff Pepper
Brenda Wright
Margaret Harrison, Advisor

Next County Committee Meeting:  To Be Announced

Important Dates:
September 30th - Deadline to Update PLC Yields

October 12th - Columbus Day                            (Office Closed)

Producers Urged to Consider NAP Risk Protection Coverage Before Crop Sales Deadlines

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

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.

The following crops in Greenville and Pickens Counties have an upcoming NAP application deadline:

September 30, 2020 - wheat, barley and oats for hay; rye; triticale.

November 20, 2019 - Alfalfa, Blackberries, Blueberries, Grapes, Honey, Lespedeza, Mixed Forage, Grass (pastures and hay land), Lespedeza, Pears and Plums to name a few.

You can determine if crops are eligible for federal crop insurance or NAP by visiting the RMA website.

NAP offers 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.   

For all coverage levels, the NAP service fee is the lesser of $325 per crop or $825 per producer per county, not to exceed a total of $1,950 for a producer with farming interests in multiple counties.