Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistant Program (NAP)

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An important deadline is quickly approaching for growers of fruits and vegetables. The deadline is Tuesday, February 28, to obtain NAP coverage for the following 2023 crops:

artichokes, asparagus, basil, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cantaloupe, Chinese bitter melon, sweet & pop corn, cucumbers, eggplant, hemp, honeydew, kenaf, kohlrabi, Korean golden melon, leeks, millet, okra, peas, peppers, pumpkins, radishes, sorghum, sprite melon, squash, sunflowers, sweet potatoes, tomatillos, tomatoes, and watermelon.

NAP (Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program) is a sort of insurance for crops not covered by traditional crop insurance. NAP provides financial assistance to producers of non-insurable crops to protect against natural disasters that prevent crop planting or result in low yields or crop losses. Basic coverage is $325 per crop or $825 for all crops in a county, not to exceed $1950 per multi-county producer for all crops in all counties. Producers can cover all crops or only their most valuable ones. Buy-up coverage is also available.

IMPORTANT:   Basic NAP coverage is available at no charge for the following:

New & beginning farmers (farmed less than 10 years)
Limited resource farmers
Socially disadvantaged farmers (Alaskan Natives, African Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, Native Hawaiians, Hispanics, women)
Qualifying veteran farmers (must have served in the Armed Forces; farmed less than 10 years; gained veteran status in the most recent 10 years)
Qualification is determined by the producer’s self-certification of identity in one or more of the groups above.

For more details see the NAP fact sheet.

There are no late-file provisions for NAP; if the Feb 28 deadline is missed, coverage cannot be obtained for 2023.

Growers can contact their local Farm Service Agency office for more details.
In Burke County the Farm Service Agency is located at 130 Ammons Drive in Morganton. You can reach them at 828-439-9727.

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