FAQ: I grow some wheat in addition to corn and soybeans. What do I need to know about USDA’s Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program, regarding fall-seeded crops?
Answer: Provided by John Whitaker, state executive director of the USDA Farm Service Agency in Iowa.
The key thing to realize is that September 30, 2009, is the final date for producers to complete and sign the application for NAP (Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program) 2010 coverage for the 2009 Fall seeded crops. Coverage fees must also be paid by September 30, 2009.
The NAP program provides assistance for crop losses due to eligible natural conditions for crops for which catastrophic or CAT level crop insurance is not available in the county. The program covers commercially produced crops or agricultural commodities, except livestock produced for food or fiber.
NOTE: THIS IS A CHANGE FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR'S DATE. The September 30, 2009, NAP application deadline date applies to coverage for fall seeded crops that are not covered by crop insurance, along with perennial crops, such as: alfalfa, winter wheat, grasses, mixed forages, vetch, clover, rye, asparagus and rhubarb.
It does not include home gardens, experimental crops, by-products from processing or harvesting of an eligible crop, volunteer stands, nor any crop not produce for food or fiber. NAP coverage will not begin until the later of 30 days after the NAP application is filed or the date the crop is planted--as long as it is before the established final planting date set for Iowa.
NAP payments may be issued to eligible producers when crop losses exceed 50% of the individual's approved yield. If producers have not established an individual yield by providing FSA with past years' production, the approved yield will be 65% of the average historic yield for the crop. The payment rate is 55% of the historic average wholesale market price. Any producer who shares in the risk of producing the crop at the time the crop is planted or prevented from being planted, may be eligible for NAP.
More detailed information about the NAP program including a complete listing of fall seeded crops, eligibility requirements, coverage fees, acreage reporting dates, filing a notice of loss, etc. is available at the local FSA Service Center. Don't miss the September 30, 2009 deadline for fall seeded crops!
If you have specific questions or need details regarding USDA farm programs, contact your local USDA Farm Service Agency office. You can also get news and information about DCP, ACRE and other USDA programs at www.fsa.usda.gov.
Two Iowa State University Extension Web sites have farm program information and analysis. They are ISU's Ag Decision Maker site at www.extension.iastate.edu/agdm and ISU Extension Specialist Steve Johnson's site at www.extension.iastate.edu/polk/farmmanagement.htm.
And be sure to read the regular column "Frequently Asked Questions about the Farm Program" that appears in each issue of Wallaces Farmer magazine and at www.WallacesFarmer.com