Deadline nears for crop disaster help
The deadlines for farmers to file for crop disaster assistance for carrots, onions, canola and other crops is Aug. 31, and Oct. 1, for mint and garlic.
USDAs Farm Service Agencys Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program provides financial assistance to producers of noninsurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory or prevented planting occur due to a natural disaster.
Eligible crops must be commercially produced agricultural commodity crops for which the catastrophic risk protection level of crop insurance is not available. The natural disaster must occur during the coverage period, before or during harvest, and must directly affect the eligible crop.
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.
The deadlines to purchase NAP coverage are:
Aug. 31: Beets, cabbage, canola, carrots, Christmas trees, flowers, greens, herbs (except mint), onions and radish.
Oct. 1: Asparagus, garlic, mint, hops, meadowfoam, sugarbeets, and triticale grain.
Nov. 20: Apples, apricots, blueberries, caneberries, chestnuts, cherries, cranberries, grapes, hazelnuts, honey, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums, prunes, strawberries, and walnuts.
Nov. 30: All forage and grazing crops except oats, all grasses and legumes for seed.
March 15: Beans, broccoli, camelina, cantaloupe, cauliflower, corn, cucumber, lentils, mustard, oats, peas, potatoes, pumpkin, safflower, sunflower, squash, tomato, and watermelon.
May 15: Buckwheat.