DES MOINES, Iowa – Fruit crop growers in 44 eligible Iowa counties have until Monday to contact USDA for assistance under the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP).
“Many Iowa commercial apple growers’ crops were devastated by the late freeze in 2012 and the USDA has now made disaster assistance available in 44 Iowa counties,” said Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey in a statement earlier this month. “I encourage eligible farmers to reach out to the USDA and sign up for the Noninsured Crop Disaster Program before the September 22 deadline.”
The Iowa counties eligible to participate in the program are: Adair, Allamakee, Benton, Boone, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Cedar, Chickasaw, Clayton, Clinton, Crawford, Dallas, Delaware, Des Moines, Dickinson, Dubuque, Emmet, Fayette, Floyd, Greene, Guthrie, Harrison, Henry, Howard, Iowa, Jackson, Johnson, Jones, Lee, Linn, Louisa, Mitchell, Monona, Muscatine, Osceola, Pottawattamie, Shelby, Van Buren, Washington and Webster.
USDA’s press release is reproduced below. You can read more about NAP by clicking here.
Disaster Assistance for 2012 Frost or Freeze Fruit Crop Losses Announced
Enrollment Begins Tomorrow, July 22
WASHINGTON, July 21, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) assistance for losses to bush or tree fruit crops due to frost or freeze during the 2012 crop year. The program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides supplemental NAP payment to eligible producers.
Farmers who did not have access to crop insurance and are in primary and adjacent counties that received a Secretarial disaster designation because of frost or freeze in 2012 are eligible for NAP assistance. Losses due to weather damage or other adverse natural occurrences may also qualify for program assistance.
NAP enrollment begins July 22, 2014. Applications must be submitted to FSA county offices by Sept. 22, 2014.
“After the 2014 Farm Bill was enacted into law, USDA expedited the restart of disaster assistance programs as a top priority,” said FSA Administrator Juan Garcia. “Fruit producers experienced significant financial losses from weather-related damage in 2012. NAP provides them with long-awaited disaster relief.”
To expedite applications, producers who experienced losses are encouraged to collect records documenting these losses in preparation for the sign-up in this program. Producers also are encouraged to contact their FSA county office to schedule an appointment. Limited resource, socially disadvantaged, and beginning producers are eligible for premium reductions and also may be eligible for fee reductions.
Interested producers can view the 2012 NAP Coverage for Frost, Freeze or Weather Related Fruit Losses Fact Sheet at http://go.usa.gov/5kSQ, or visit a local FSA office. To find out if land is located in an eligible frost/freeze county, visit http://go.usa.gov/53rz.
Today’s announcement was made possible through the 2014 Farm Bill, which builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past five years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for the taxpayer. Since enactment, USDA has made significant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit www.usda.gov/farmbill.