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Area county producers urged to consider risk protection coverage before deadline

Federal crop insurance covers crop losses from natural adversities such as drought, hail and excessive moisture.

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Contributed / Metro Newspaper Service

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency is reminding producers to review available USDA crop risk protection options, including Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program coverage.

The 2021 coverage application deadline is March 15 for spring-seeded annual crops, grazing and hemp; and May 1 for ornamental nursery and non-ornamental nursery.

Federal crop insurance covers crop losses from natural adversities such as drought, hail and excessive moisture. The program covers losses from natural disasters on crops for which no permanent federal crop insurance program is available, including perennial grass forage and grazing crops, fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, floriculture, ornamental nursery, aquaculture, turf grass, ginseng, honey, syrup, bioenergy and industrial crops.

Producers can determine if crops are eligible for federal crop insurance or the assistance program by visiting tinyurl.com/wqqlsva .

Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program basic coverage is available at 55% of the average market price for crop losses that exceed 50% of expected production, with higher levels of coverage, up to 65% of their expected production at 100% of the average market price, including coverage for organics and crops marketed directly to consumers.

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Federal crop insurance coverage is sold and delivered solely through private insurance agents. Agent lists are available at all USDA Service Centers or at USDA’s online Agent Locator: tinyurl.com/y8g3ecnk . Producers can use the USDA Cost Estimator, tinyurl.com/zzn6rxp , to predict insurance premium costs.

For more information on Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program service fees, premiums and sales deadlines, contact the Crow Wing/Cass/Aitkin/Itasca County Farm Service Agency office at 218-829-5965, ext. 2, or visit fsa.usda.gov/nap .

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