NAP Deadline March 16
For the 2009 crop year it is imperative to purchase Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) and catastrophic (CAT) level of crop insurance for all insurable and non-insurable crops. This is not only for production coverage but also for eligibility for the new permanent disaster programs created in the 2008 Farm Bill.
In order for producers to be eligible for
assistance under the Supplemental
Revenue Assistance (SURE) Program and the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, and Honey Bees, (ELAP), and the Tree Assistance Program (TAP) producers must obtain a plan of insurance for each insurable and non-insurable commodity on the farm, excluding grazing. To be eligible for assistance under the Livestock Forage Program (LFP) producers must obtain either coverage under the Pasture, Rangeland, and Forage Rainfall Index Pilot
Program through crop insurance, or NAP coverage, or both on their grazing land.
Producers must file the required paperwork and pay the administrative fee by the NAP closing date of March 16, 2009 for all crops except value-loss and honey. The deadline for value-loss and honey for 2009 has passed.
Please contact the office to ensure your eligibility for the new disaster assistance programs by March 16th.
Final Loan/LDP Availability is March 31
March 31 is the final loan/LDP availability date for Barley, Canola, Flaxseed, Oats, Rapeseed, Crambe and Wheat. For the 2008 crop of the commodities listed above, loans and LDP’s will no longer be available after March 31, 2009.
Honey Loans Available
Marketing assistance loans and loan deficiency payments for 2008 crop year honey are available until March 31, 2009. The national loan rate for honey is $0.60 per pound. Market prices currently exceed the loan rate, so LDPs are currently not available.
To be eligible for a loan, the producer must have produced honey in the US during the calendar year for which the loan is requested, and extracted the honey on or before December 31 of the applicable crop year; have continuous beneficial interest in the honey through date of repayment of the loan; and been responsible for the financial risk of keeping the bees. Producers are responsible for maintaining the quality of farm stored honey during the term of the loan.
Honey must be produced in the US by an eligible producer, from an approved floral source, and stored in approved containers.
The containers must be marked with the producer’s name, type of honey, number of container and net weight. Pre-loan inspections are required before the loans can be disbursed.
Honey used as collateral may not be disposed of without approval of the FSA county office staff.
2009 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) Signup
Sign up for the 2009 DCP program for farms with base acres began Dec. 22, 2008. Signup will continue until June 1, 2009. Farms may not be enrolled after June 1 of the applicable contract period. There are no late filed provisions for contract years 2009- 2012.
In addition to certain commodities, specific pulse crops have been added as an eligible commodity for the 2009 crop year for counter-cyclical payments only.
A producer with the sum of the base acreage on the farm with 10 acres or less must be a socially disadvantaged or limited resource farmer or rancher to be eligible for DCP payments.