By Mary Karash
County Executive Director, Farm Service Agency, Grant, NE
The NAP deadline is fast approaching to purchase 2011 coverage for certain crops. The deadline for spring crops such as pasture, alfalfa, millet hay, forage sorghum, mixed forage, etc., is March 15.
If you had NAP insurance in 2010, your production is due in the office as soon as possible and must be reported before your final crop certification for 2011. NAP coverage on uninsurable crops is required to maintain eligibility for SURE benefits. (NAP: Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program)
On Jan. 28, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced that the next general
CRP signup will be held from March 14 through April 15. This signup will allow contracts that expire Sept. 30 and new cropland to be offered.
(CRP: Conservation Reserve Program) There will an informational meeting held at the USDA Service Center on March 14 from 1-3:30 p.m. for either new or expiring contract participants.
Signup for the 2009 SURE Program is underway and will continue through July 29. Producers who suffered at least a 10 percent loss on a crop of economic significance in crop year 2009 may be eligible for benefits under this program. Call the County Office for details. (SURE: Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program).
The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) provides livestock producers with benefits for livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality caused by adverse weather.
The Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and farm Raised Fish Program (ELAP) provides emergency assistance to producers of livestock, honeybees, and farm-raised fish that have losses due to disease, adverse weather or other conditions, including blizzards and wildfires.
For livestock producers, ELAP assistance may be available for feed losses due to a major weather event. ELAP benefits paid are based on FSA’s calculation of the value of feed lost compared to the feed needs of the livestock during the disaster period.
Producers should document any additional costs associated with transporting feed to livestock. For LIP benefits, producers should document the number and kind of livestock that died due to the winter storms and notify our office as soon as possible.
To meet eligibility requirements under LIP, producers must file a notice of loss within 30 days from when the loss is apparent to the producer.
It is also important that the verification of death loss is verified by an unrelated third party.
Each application received will be considered on a case-by-case basis and producers should be prepared to provide required information to determine eligibility and applicable benefits.
Producers who have questions regarding livestock disaster assistance program eligibility and the application process should contact the Perkins County FSA office at 308-352-4747 or visit www.fsa.usda.gov.
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