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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

NAP closing date March 15
March 15 is the application closing date for Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage and also crop insurance on most spring-seeded crops.

It is especially important for producers to consider having all of their crops covered by crop insurance or NAP in order to stay eligible for the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program (SURE).

SURE provides additional revenue protection to producers who suffer crop losses due to eligible disaster conditions.

Spring seeded crops for grazing also need to have NAP or crop insurance coverage to maintain eligibility for the Livestock Forage Disaster Program.

NAP coverage is available for crops only where insurance coverage is not available under Federal Crop Insurance policies provided by private insurance agents.

NAP is designed to cover losses due to damaging weather conditions. The program covers losses of more than 50 percent of normal yields or the farm's yield calculated using actual production histories.

The cost per policy is $250 per crop per producer with a $750 cap per county. NAP coverage begins 30 days after the application is filed and the non-refundable $250 administrative fee has been paid. Contact your local FSA office for more information.

DCP/acre sign-up ends June 1
June 1 is the last day producers can enroll their farms in the Direct and Counter-cyclical and/or ACRE Programs.

There will NOT be a late-signing period. If all signatures are not on the contract by June 1 the farm will not be enrolled for 2010.

Saline County is enrolling farms by appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome if you just have one or two farms and you don't mind waiting.

June 1 will be here in just twelve short weeks so contact your local FSA office now.

Women in Ag conference March 12

The 7th Annual Women in Ag Conference is this Friday, March 12 at the Martin Community Center at 1985 South Odell (next to the airport).

It's an all-day event starting with coffee and registration at 8:30.

At 9 a.m. we'll hear Keynote Speaker, Kristin Perry who is the Executive Director of Agriculture Leaders of Tomorrow.

The rest of the day will be dedicated to the break-out sessions starting 10 a.m.

Topics covered will be estate planning; state and federal government programs; green living; and information from the University of Missouri Extension.

Lunch will be provided along with entertainment from folk musicians Dave Para and Cathy Barton.

The cost is $12 per person if you pre-register by Wednesday, March 10 or $15 at the door.

Contact the Saline County Extension Center today at 660-886-6908 to pre-register for this popular event.

The Saline County FSA staff will be at the conference all day Friday.

If you need to contact us you can leave a message with the NRCS/SWCD office next door.

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