The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) is responsible for the delivery of federal farm programs to help producers manage risks and recover from disasters. The Noninsured Disaster Assistance Program, or NAP, provides financial assistance to growers of non-insurable crops to protect them against natural disasters that result in crop losses. A workshop was held on August 24, 2018 to learn about coverage levels for the 2019 crop year, application deadlines, and which counties cover clam, oyster, and sunray venus crops. Note that the deadline to sign out for NAP coverage for the 2019 crop year is September 4, 2018.

A one-time program, the 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program, or WHIP, provides disaster relief to agricultural and aquacultural producers. This funding helps replace losses occurred during the 2017 hurricane season. Eligibility and other requirements were introduced at the workshop. Heather Boyd, Agricultural Program Specialist at the state FSA office, and Brandy VanAernam, Director of the Gilchrist County FSA office, presented information about these programs and answered questions.

The workshop was recorded, and videos on both programs can be accessed below. The audio portion on the NAP program was poor. However, you can obtain all the information presented on the NAP and Whip programs in the presentation links below. Also, fact sheets on both programs are provided.

Videos (wmv files):

Noninsured Disaster Assistance Program, or NAP

2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program, or WHIP

Presentations (pdf files):

Noninsured Disaster Assistance Program, or NAP

2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program, or WHIP

Fact sheets (pdf files):

Noninsured Disaster Assistance Program, or NAP

2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program, or WHIP

For more information, contact your county FSA director. To find out where your county FSA office is located and contact information, click here.