Don’t miss forage crop reporting and NAP coverage deadlines

Submitted by
Louis Novotny,
Patrick USDA
Patrick County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers that they need to report all hay and pasture crops by November 15 for the 2017 growing season.
Crops under this requirement include native and improved grasses intended for grazing or haying. In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to visit the Patrick County FSA office to file an accurate crop report. This ensures your crops will be eligible for any applicable Farm Bill benefits.
Secondly, the Noninsured Assistance Program offers insurance on crops which are commercial crop insurance is not available. This must be signed up ahead of the growing season. It protects farmers by paying on crop losses.
Different levels are available depending on how much loss protection the producer is seeking. Also, certain producers such as beginning farmers and females can be enrolled at basic level coverage for no charge.
November 20 is the deadline to enroll for blueberries, cherries, grapes, and pears. Honey assistance must be applied for by December 1. Looking ahead, February 15 is the deadline for NAP coverage on hay, pasture, and vegetables such as cabbage, peppers, potatoes, sweet corn, and others.
For questions regarding crop reporting and the Noninsured Assistance Program, please contact the Patrick County FSA office at (276) 694-3121, extension 2.

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