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Madison 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 Madison and Taylor Counties have a 2018 NAP application deadline of:

Aug. 15: Cabbage and greens

Sept. 1: Grass (sod)

Sept. 30: Grass (grazing, forage, seed), mixed forage, oats, rye, wheat (grazing) and perennial peanuts (grazing)

Nov. 20: beets, blueberries, broccoli and peaches

Producers can determine if crops are eligible for federal crop insurance or NAP by visiting webapp.rma.usda.gov/apps/actuarialinformationbrowser2017/CropCriteria.

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, including coverage for organics and crops marketed directly to consumers.

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: prodwebnlb.rma.usda.gov/apps/AgentLocator. Producers can use the USDA Cost Estimator, ewebapp.rma.usda.gov/apps/costestimator/Default, to predict insurance premium costs.

For more information on NAP, service fees, premiums and sales deadlines, contact the Name County FSA office at Phone or visit the web at www.fsa.usda.gov/nap.

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