NAP, an "Insurance type" program, is available to provide financial assistance to producers of non-insurable crops (including mixed forage for hay or pasture,) when loss occurs due to a natural disaster.

NAP applications are due at different times according to the crop being insured. The application and service fee MUST be filed by the crop sales closing date. The next application closing date is November 20 and includes apples, blueberries, caneberries, cherries, grapes, nectarines, peaches, pears and plums.

December 1 is the application closing date for honey and maple sap. Producers have until March 15, 2012 to purchase NAP on alfalfa, clover, grass, and mixed forage. Additional application closing dates can be obtained by contacting the local FSA Office.

The service fee is $250 per crop per county or $750 per producer per county. The fee cannot exceed a total of $1875 per producer for individuals with farming interests in multiple counties.

Limited resource producers may request a waiver for service fees. To qualify for an administrative service fee waiver, the producer must meet both of the following criteria:

earn no more than $146,400 gross income in farm sales from each of the previous two years;

have a total household income of less than the Gilmer and Calhoun "County/Area Value" of $22,050.

Producers enrolled in NAP are required to report crop acreage and provide production records for individual crops each year. Failure to report acreage and production information may result in reduced or zero NAP assistance.

When a crop or affected by a natural disaster, you must file a notice of loss within 15 calendar days of the:

Natural disaster occurrence;

Final planting date if your planting was prevented by a natural disaster;

Date damage to the crop or loss of production becomes apparent to you.

Most disaster programs now require the purchase of insurance or NAP.

For additional information on NAP or other FSA programs contact the Gilmer-Calhoun FSA Office at (304) 462-7171 extension 2 or visit the office located in the Glenville Post Office Building, 201 E. Main Street, Room 122. Special accommodations will be made, upon request, for persons with disabilities, vision or hearing impairments. Please call if accommodations are required.

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