Wake County farmers and producers who have non-insurable crops may be eligible for financial assistance. The Farm Service Agency’s Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program offers help to farmers, according to Wake Farm Service Agency director, Kevin Wooten.
The program provides financial assistance to producers of noninsurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory or prevented planting occur during a disaster, Wooten said.
Eligible producers have to fill out a form and pay a service fee. Farmers can complete the form and pay the fee at the FSA office that maintains that farmer’s farm records. The application and service fee must be filed by the sales closing date. Sales closing dates vary by crop. The Wake County FSA office has information on applicable dates for crops, Wooten said.
Landowners, tenants or sharecroppers who share in the risk of producing an eligible crop and are entitled to an ownership share of that crop are eligible for this program. The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Act) authorizes this program. The farmer’s average non-farm adjusted gross income limitation can’t be more than $500,000 to be eligible for NAP.
The service fee ranges from $250 to $1,875.
Wooten also said financially strapped producers in Wake County can request a service fee waiver if that producer meets the income limits. Call the Wake County FSA office at 919-231-6126 or visit their office at 4001 Carya Drive, Raleigh.