USDA Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program

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January 20, 2016

Federal Register notice

USDA Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP)

USDA Farm Service Agency/Commodity Credit Corporation (FSA/CCC) Federal Register Notice is "Information Collection Request; Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program and Report of Acreage"

Organization: The January 20, 2016 Federal Register Notice was signed on an unspecified date by Val Dolcini who is the Executive Vice President of the Commodity Credit Corporation and Administrator of the USDA Farm Service Agency

Comments Due By: March 21, 2016

Web site: The January 20, 20161 USDA FSA/CCC Federal Register Notice is posted at 
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-20/html/2016-00984.htm

Additional information about the USDA Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) is available at https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/disaster-assistance-program/noninsured-crop-disaster-assistance/index

Questions may be directed to Jeannette Sutphin at 202 720 3188; e-mail: not provided

Summary: The following information is taken from the January 20, 2016 USDA FSA/CCC Federal Register Notice:

Title: Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program. 
OMB Control Number: 0560-0175. 
Type of Request: Revision.

Abstract: NAP is authorized under 7 U.S.C. 7333 and implemented under regulations in 7 CFR part 1437. NAP is administered by FSA for the Commodity Credit Corporation. The information collected allows FSA to provide assistance through NAP for losses of commercial crops or other agricultural commodities (except livestock) that are produced for food, fiber, bioenergy conversion, and for which catastrophic coverage under section 508(b), or additional NAP coverage of sections 508(c) of 508(h) of the Federal Crop Insurance Act (7 U.S.C. 1508) is not available.

NAP coverage is available for crops expressly grown for food (excluding livestock and their by-products); crops planted and grown for livestock consumption; crops grown for fiber (excluding trees grown for lumber or paper products); aquaculture species crops (including ornamental fish); floriculture; ornamental nursery; Christmas tree crops; turf grass sod; industrial crops; seed crops; and sea grass and sea oats. The information is necessary to determine whether a producer and crop or commodity meet applicable conditions for assistance and to determine compliance with existing regulations.

Eligible producers must annually: 
(1) Request NAP coverage by completing an application for coverage and paying a service fee by the FSA-established application closing date; 
(2) File a report of acreage, inventory, or physical location of the operation, as applicable for the covered crop or commodity; and 
(3) Certify harvested production of each covered crop or commodity.

When damage occurs to a covered crop or commodity, which is eligible for NAP, producers must file a notice of loss with the local FSA administrative county office within 15 calendar days of occurrence or 15 calendar days of the date damage to the crop or commodity becomes apparent. Producers must also file an application for payment by the FSA established deadline, and complete a certification of average adjusted gross income and consent for disclosure of tax information with the local FSA county office. The NAP application is also being used to provide a timelier, more accurate, and more reliable delivery of benefits to producers. Changes implemented by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (known as the 2014 Farm Bill) have authorized the availability of additional NAP coverage levels ranging from 50 to 65 percent of production at 100 percent of the average market price (NAP buy-up coverage), and expanded NAP coverage to sweet sorghum, biomass sorghum, and industrial crops grown as feedstock for renewable biofuel, renewable electricity, and biobased products. The 2014 Farm Bill also expanded a waiver of the NAP service fee, which was previously available only to limited resource farmers to also include beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers.

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