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.




Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

There are no funded projects related to this program.


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

If no listing, contact the appropriate State FSA office.


Program Accomplishments

None.

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 qualifying gross revenue is less than $2 million for the preceding tax year for which an application for coverage is filed.

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 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 qualifying gross revenue is less than $2 million for the preceding tax year for which an application for coverage is filed.

Credentials/Documentation

Applicants must provide to the local administrative FSA office, annual certifications of acreage, yield, 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.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

None.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

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 gross revenue.

Award Procedures

None.

Deadlines

Applications for coverage to include both prevented planting and low-yield coverage must be filed at least 30 calendar days prior to the final planting date for yield based crops or in the case of multiple planted crops, 30 calendar days prior to the beginning of the respective planting period. Applications for coverage to include only low-yield coverage may be filed until the final planting date for yield based crops or in the case of multiple planted crops, the beginning of the respective planting period. Applications for all other eligible crops must be filed no later than the beginning of the crop year. Other reporting requirements and deadlines will become applicable upon acceptance of the application for coverage.

Authorization

Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996, as amended, 15 U.S.C. 714b and 714c; 7 U.S.C. 7333.

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

None.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Formula and matching requirements are not considered under this part.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Assistance is normally provided in a single payment following approval of the application for payment.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

There are no reports due for post assistance requirements under this program.

Audits

Recipients under this program are subject to audit by the Office of the Regional Inspector General, USDA.

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

12-4336-0-3-351.

Obigations

(Direct Cash Payments) FY 07 $327,744,000; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

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

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

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

Headquarters Office

Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Production, Emergency and Compliance Division, Noninsured Assistance Program Branch, Stop 0517, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-0526. Telephone: (202)720-5172.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

None.



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