Listen to KMZU’s Nathan Stuedle interview Program Specialist Doug Newland.
The Farm Bill of 2014 has extended certain elements of the previous bill of 2008 according to Program Specialist, Doug Newland, with the Farm Service Agency, Missouri State Office in Columbia. The Non-Insured-Crop-Disaster Assistance Program offered in the bill covers non-traditional “crops” not normally covered under crop insurance subsidies. The catastrophic- level- coverage based on losses over 50 percent of expected production was a carry-over of the previous bill. Newland mentions some new features which authorize additional “buy-up” coverage levels up to 65 percent at 100 percent of average market price. The deadline for basic coverage is June 1st. Producers should apply for coverage using form CCC-471, “Application for Coverage,” and pay service fees at the FSA office where their farm records are kept. For more information, interested parties are urged to contact their local FCA office.