The Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), administered by the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), provides financial assistance to growers of non-insurable crops to protect against natural disasters that result in crop losses. NAP provides catastrophic level (CAT) coverage based on the amount of loss that exceeds 50% of expected production at 55% of the average market price for the crop. The 2014 Farm Bill authorizes additional coverage levels ranging from 50 to 65% of production, in 5% increments, at 100% of the average market price. Additional coverage must be elected by a grower by the application closing date. Growers who elect additional coverage must pay a premium in addition to the service fee. The NAP Fact Sheet can be viewed here.
To be covered for the 2017 crop year, the deadline for clam growers to sign-up and pay the applicable service fee, and premium if elected, was September 1 at your local FSA office. However, there is a provision that allows growers an additional 30 days to sign-up due to extenuating circumstances (such as a hurricane) with the FSA county committee’s approval. Oyster culture is now also covered by NAP in select counties.