Hay and Pasture Coverage Available Until March 15

Many crops, including forage and pasture, have a Noninsured Crop Disaster (NAP) sales closing date of March 15. NAP coverage has resulted in payments for pastures due to drought and should be looked at as an option to offset pasture losses.

Daryl Raithel, Moniteau/Morgan Counties Farm Service Agency Executive Director said, "Cattle producers concerned about the continuing drought conditions may want to consider a NAP policy. NAP is a federally funded program that helps producers reduce their risk when growing food and fiber crops, specialty crops and crops for livestock feed." These benefits are only available for crops for which the catastrophic level of crop insurance is not available.

A NAP policy is a flat fee of $250 per crop per administrative county. This will cover all the acres a producer has an interest. Limited Resource Producers may request a waiver of the NAP fee. A policy can be purchased anytime up to the closing date, however, there are no late-file provisions for NAP applications.

Many crops have a NAP application closing date of March 15, including most fruits, vegetables and forage. Check with the Morgan/Moniteau FSA office at 573-796-4691 for the application closing date for your specific crops and additional information.

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