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Applications for crop disaster aid due by Dec. 1

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By The Staff

ROCKPORT - The Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program was designed to reduce financial losses that occur when natural disasters cause a catastrophic loss of production or prevented planting of an eligible crop by providing coverage equivalent to catastrophic insurance.

Statutes limit NAP to each commercial crop or agricultural commodity, except livestock, for which CAT is not available.

The application deadline date for the 2009 NAP coverage on fall-seeded crops has been extended to Dec. 1. In order to be eligible for disaster assistance programs, like SURE, producers are required to timely purchase, at a minimum, CAT coverage for all insurable crops and NAP coverage for all non-insurable crops on their entire farm.

NAP coverage for 2009 costs $250 per crop, but not more than $750 per producer per county, or not more than $1,875 total per producer for all counties.

Producers who already have coverage on 2008 NAP crops may choose to continue coverage on the same crop or crops for 2009, if the applicable service fee is submitted by the application closing date.

A new CCC-471, application for coverage, is not required to be signed when applying for continuous coverage of the same crop or crops.

Producers who choose to add a new crop or delete a crop from the previous year's coverage or changing crop shares must file a new CCC-471 and pay the applicable service fee.

Producers with 2008 NAP coverage must remember to complete the following to qualify for benefits:

Timely file acreage re-ports and keep track of harvested production using ac-ceptable methods. For example, bale weights or other means of determining quantities of hay are required.

File a "Notice of Loss" within 15 days of when a loss is apparent, due to drought, hail or there disasters.

Contact the Spencer-Perry FSA office at (812) 649-9136, Ext. 2 for more information.

2008 DCP

Producers had until Sept. 30 to sign up in the direct and counter-cyclical program for fiscal year 2008. They have until Wednesday to obtain any additional signatures of producers receiving a payment share.

Participants can expect their final direct payments to be directly deposited into personal bank accounts sometime during the first few weeks of October.

Producers who did not elect to receive an advance direct payment will receive their entire direct payments for the year in one lump sum after the end of the fiscal year, Sept. 30.

Contact the FSA office for more information.