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Protect crops today

By By Adrienne McKenzie
The final date is nearing for producers to request Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage, according to county executive director of the Escambia County Farm Service Agency William Henderson.
Henderson said in order to qualify for NAP coverage producers must keep good records.
Feb. 28 is the final date for producers to request NAP coverage for particular crops including several species of grass, fruits and many vegetables.
NAP gives assistance financially to eligible producers who are affected by natural disasters. It gives crop loss protection for producers of crops that Federal insurance is not available for.
Henderson said in Escambia County this coverage is not used frequently.
But, for those farmers who keep good records, NAP could be a handy resource.
Producers who are eligible for NAP must pay a $100 per crop service fee, per county. This amount is not to exceed $300 per county or $900 per producer for NAP coverage.
Coverage period and sales closing dates vary so individuals in Escambia County who are interested in NAP should call the local Farm Service Agency office for more information.
Henderson said those interested in NAP coverage should call the Brewton office at 867-3185 to set up an appointment.