April 18 is the deadline for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) to accept applications under the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) for 2001 and 2002 crop production losses suffered by producers.

Producers who were prevented from planting, due to a natural disaster, also should file by this deadline.

Crops eligible for NAP are limited to those not insurable in the county and are produced for food or fiber. Forage (mechanically harvested or grazed) is considered an eligible crop.

Interested producers, who think they may qualify, must visit their local FSA office to complete an Application for Coverage and Application for Payment for 2001 and 2002 losses by the April 18 deadline. An administrative service fee is due at the time the Application for Coverage is filed. Fees are $100 per crop not to exceed $300 per producer per administrative county, with a $900 maximum fee for multi-county producers.

Since most application closing dates for 2001 and 2002 have passed, the last date to apply for coverage is April 18, which is 30 calendar days after the date the program regulations were published in the Federal Register. Requirements for submitting coverage applications for 2003 and future years will be determined by the application closing dates set by the Kansas State FSA Committee for various crops.

In order to receive a benefit from the coverage, a Notice of Loss must be filed with the local FSA office within 15 calendar days after the disaster occurrence. The Application for Payment must be made by April 18 for 2001 losses and is made on the same form as the Notice of Loss. For 2002 and future year losses, the Application for Payment must be made by the crop's application closing date for the subsequent crop year.

For further information, contact the county FSA office.

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