Noninsured Assistance

To provide crop loss assistance comparable to the catastrophic risk protection level of crop insurance to producers of commercial crops or other agricultural commodities for which the catastrophic risk protection level of crop insurance is not available.



Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Consult the local telephone directory for location of the nearest county FSA office.

If no listing, contact the appropriate State FSA office.



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

None.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible crops include each commercial crop or other agricultural commodities (except livestock and their by-products; tobacco; and trees grown for wood, paper, or pulp products) that is produced for food or fiber and specifically includes: Floricultural, ornamental nursery, and Christmas tree crops, turfgrass sod, seed crops, aquaculture (including ornamental fish), and industrial crops.

An eligible producer is an owner, landlord, tenant, or sharecropper: (1) Who shares in the risk of producing the crop; (2) who is entitled to share in the crop available for marketing or would have shared had the crop been produced; and (3) whose average adjusted gross income (AGI) is in accord with 7 CFR Part 1400. NAP provides catastrophic level coverage based on the amount of loss that exceeds 50 percent of expected production at 55 percent of the average market price for the crop.

Additional coverage levels are available ranging from 50 to 65 percent of production, in 5 percent increments, at 100 percent of the average market price.

Additional coverage must be elected by a producer by the application closing date.

Producers who elect additional coverage must pay a premium in addition to the service fee.

Crops intended for grazing are not eligible for additional coverage.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Applicant Eligibility: Eligible crops include each commercial crop or other agricultural commodities (except livestock and their by-products; tobacco; and trees grown for lumber or paper products) that is produced for food, fiber, or bioenergy conversion and specifically includes: floricultural, ornamental nursery, and Christmas tree crops, turfgrass sod, seed crops, aquaculture (including ornamental fish), and industrial crops. An eligible producer is an owner, landlord, tenant, or sharecropper: (1) who shares in the risk of producing the crop; (2) who is entitled to share in the crop available for marketing or would have shared had the crop been produced; and (3) whose average AGI is in accord with 7 CFR Part 1400. NAP provides catastrophic level coverage based on the amount of loss that exceeds 50 percent of expected production at 55 percent of the average market price for the crop. Additional coverage levels are available ranging from 50 to 65 percent of production, in 5 percent increments, at 100 percent of the average market price. Additional coverage must be elected by a producer by the application closing date. Producers who elect additional coverage must pay a premium in addition to the service fee. Crops intended for grazing are not eligible for additional coverage.

Credentials/Documentation

Applicants must provide to the local administrative FSA office, annual certifications of acreage and production. Randomly selected producers and producers requesting program payments must also provide acceptable records of production. Applicants must provide evidence as necessary for a proper determination of their eligibility. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Applicants must file an application for coverage in the local administrative FSA office. An applicable service fee must accompany the application. Coverage is effective the later of: (1) 30 days after the application for coverage is filed; (2) date the crop is planted for yield-based crops or the beginning of the crop year for all other eligible crops. Other documentation required to fulfill the application requirements include: (1) A report of acreage, facility, etc.; (2) a notice of loss when the eligible crop is prevented from being planted as a result of eligible natural disaster or the eligible planted crop or commodity suffers loss of yield due to eligible natural disaster; (3) if the crop is harvested, a certification of production, and in the crop year for which an application for payment is filed, acceptable evidence of production, (4) if the crop will not be harvested, a request to the local county FSA office for appraisal; and (5) a certification of compliance with the average AGI limitation.

Award Procedures

None.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

The county committee will normally make a decision regarding the application for payment within 60 calendar days after all required information and documentation is received.

Appeals

Applicants may request reconsideration of a decision by the decision authority or appeal such decisions to a higher authority including the county and State FSA committees and the National Appeals Division.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Assistance is normally provided in a single payment following approval of the application for payment. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

No reports are required.

Audits

No audits are required for this program.

Records

Applicants must retain financial books and records that permit verification of all transactions for at least 3 years following the end of the calendar year in which an application for coverage is filed.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-4336-0-3-999.

Obigations

(Direct Payments with Unrestricted Use) FY 16 $137,000,000; FY 17 est $154,000,000; and FY 18 est $164,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Procedural handbooks and published regulations are available in county FSA offices.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Consult the local telephone directory for location of the nearest county FSA office. If no listing, contact the appropriate State FSA office.

Headquarters Office

Steve Peterson, USDA, Deputy Administrator for Farm Programs, Production, Emergencies, and Compliance Division, Disaster Assistance Branch, 14th and Independence Ave SW, Stop 0517, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: Steve.Peterson@wdc.usda.gov Phone: (202) 720-5172 Fax: (202) 720-0051.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.



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