Runnels County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Daniel J Lange, urges producers who want to purchase 2018 small grain grazing and hay coverage through the Non Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) to do so before the sales closing date of September 1, 2017.

Runnels County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Daniel J Lange, urges producers who want to purchase 2018 small grain grazing and hay coverage through the Non Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) to do so before the sales closing date of September 1, 2017.

NAP provides financial assistance to producers of non-insurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory or prevented planting occur due to normal disasters.

The following crops have a NAP application closing date of Sept. 1, 2017: All small grains including wheat, oats, barley, rye & triticale for hay/grazing, while Native Grass Grazing Acreage policy has a December 1, 2017 deadline.

Eligible producers can apply for coverage using form CCC-471, Application for Coverage. Producers must file the application and service fee by the Sept. 1 deadline. The service fee is the lesser of $250 per crop or $750 per producer per administrative county, not to exceed a total of $1,875 for a producer with farming interests in multiple counties. Producers meeting the definition of a socially disadvantaged farmer or rancher, beginning farmer or rancher or limited resource farmer or rancher will have service fees waived. Buy-up levels of coverage are also available.

For more information on sales closing dates and NAP, contact the Runnels County FSA office at 325-365-5757.