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Greater protection for specialty crop growers

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that greater protection is now available from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop insurance.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that greater protection is now available from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop insurance.
The new options, created by the 2014 Farm Bill, provide greater coverage for losses when natural disasters affect specialty crops such as vegetables, fruits, mushrooms, floriculture, ornamental nursery, aquaculture, turf grass, ginseng, honey, syrup, and energy crops.
“These new protections will help ensure that farm families growing crops for food, fiber or livestock consumption will be better able to withstand losses due to natural disasters,” Vilsack said.
Previously, the program offered coverage at 55 percent of the average market price for crop losses that exceed 50 percent of expected production. Producers can now choose higher levels of coverage, up to 65 percent of their expected production at 100 percent of the average market price.
More crops are now eligible for the program, including expanded aquaculture production practices and sweet and biomass sorghum. For the first time, a range of crops used to produce bioenergy will be eligible as well.
Producers will have until Wednesday, January 14 to choose expanded coverage through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program.
For more information, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/nap or contact a local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office at offices.usda.gov.
The (FSA) will accept comments and recommendations on the program until Friday, February 13 at www.regulations.gov .
These new provisions under the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program were made possible through the 2014 Farm Bill.

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