Montana FSA Announces a Change in NAP Policy
USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Bruce Nelson announced a major policy change affecting crop eligibility for the 2014 Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) in some Montana counties.
The national FSA office approved Montana FSA’s request for an exemption in specific counties to allow the use of NAP coverage for nonirrigated corn intended for grain and silage (NAP practice of forage) beginning the 2014 crop year. Prior to January 2014, if catastrophic (CAT) risk protection level of crop insurance was available to any crop, type and intended use in the county then NAP could not be offered for those crops within that county for any practice. National procedure was recently amended to allow states to request exemptions to that provision.
Effective Feb. 6, nonirrigated corn intended for grain and nonirrigated corn intended for silage (forage) is available for NAP coverage beginning in 2014 for producers in the following counties that were previously not approved for NAP due to crop insurance being available on the irrigated practice: Big Horn, Blaine, Carbon, Carter, Fergus, Hill, Judith Basin, McCone, Musselshell, Phillips, Powder River, Rosebud, Stillwater, Treasure, Valley and Yellowstone.
In addition, nonirrigated corn intended for grain is available for 2014 NAP coverage for the following counties that were previously not approved for NAP due to crop insurance being available on the irrigated practice: Custer, Dawson, Fallon, Garfield, Prairie, Richland, Roosevelt and Wibaux. However, because crop insurance is available for nonirrigated corn silage (NAP practice of forage), in these counties, NAP cannot be offered for the intended use of silage (forage).
The application deadline for the 2014 Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) for all non-insurable spring planted and forage crops, including grass for hay and grazing is March 17, 2014. The 2014 sales closing dates have already ended for honey (Dec. 2, 2013) and value-loss crops (Sept. 2, 2013). F