NAP coverage will be available for 2014 crops annually planted for livestock feed, fodder
Francie Tolle, executive director for the Oklahoma Farm Service Agency, announced June 21 that an exception has been made to allow Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage for 2014 crops annually planted for livestock feed or fodder. Crops included are wheat planted for hay and/or grazing as well forage sorghums planted for hay, silage, or pasture in addition to various other annually planted forage crops.
On May 1, the Risk Management Agency released a new pilot federal crop insurance plan that utilizes a rainfall index to provide coverage for annual forage crops. The Rainfall Index - Annual Forage Insurance Plan is being tested in six states and covers crops planted annually that are used for livestock feed or fodder. It is available in all counties in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota. Catastrophic Risk Protection and buy-up levels are available under the plan.
In accordance with the Federal Agricultural Improvement and Reform Act of 1996, the release of this Rainfall Index - Annual Forage Insurance Plan with CAT coverage makes producers of the annually planted crops for livestock feed or fodder, no longer eligible for NAP coverage.
Given the limited time available for producers in the six pilot states to transition from NAP to the new RMA pilot Rainfall Index-Annual Forage Insurance Plan, an exception is being made to allow NAP coverage to be offered for annually planted crops used for livestock feed or fodder, for 2014 only.
In 2015, NAP coverage will not be available for annual planted forage crops used for livestock feed or fodder that are grown in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota. This includes, but is not limited to, small grains, forage sorghums, and mixed forages intended for forage, green chop, grazing, green manure, hay and silage.
Producers who are interested in purchasing NAP coverage for 2014 need to submit an Application for Coverage by the Aug. 31 deadline. The service fee is the lesser of $250 per crop or $750 per producer per administrative county, not to exceed a total of $1,875 for a producer with farming interests in multiple counties.
To learn more about NAP or any of FSA programs, contact your local FSA Service Center or visit us online at www.fsa.usda.gov/ok.