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Noninsured crop-aid program deadline is March 15

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INDIANAPOLIS – Julia A. Wickard, state executive director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency, reminds producers of the March 15 deadline to apply for coverage of noninsurable crops under the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program. NAP provides financial assistance to producers of noninsurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory or prevented planting occur due to a natural disaster.

Eligible producers must apply for coverage of noninsurable crops using Form CCC-471, and pay the applicable service fee at the FSA office where their farm records are maintained. The application and service fee must be filed by March 15, the application closing date for spring seeded crops.

An eligible producer is a landowner, tenant or sharecropper who shares in the risk of producing an eligible crop and is entitled to an ownership share of that crop.

As authorized by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, an individual's or entity's average nonfarm adjusted gross income limitation cannot exceed $500,000 to be eligible for NAP.

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.

For more information, call the Spencer-Perry FSA office at 649-9136.