(Mason-Llano Texas) – November 2008 – Farmers and Ranchers in need of coverage for their native or improved grasses and haygrazer for 2009 under the Noninsured Assistance Program (NAP) have until December 1, 2008 to apply for coverage since the regular catastrophic level of insurance is not available, said Randy Maenius, County Director for the Mason-Llano County Farm Service Agency (FSA).
Maenius stated that people insure their homes and business, why would you not protect your ranching business or livestock operation every year. NAP is a FSA program that provides financial assistance to producers of noninsurable crops when climatic conditions create grazing losses, low hay yields or prevented planting occurs. “As with any coverage, producers must apply for coverage before a natural disaster strikes,” said Maenius. “Like any regular insurance, once an application period closes, the opportunity to obtain coverage is gone.”
Crop acreage reports are required for NAP and will be taken at the time of application. Because of the approaching deadline of December 1, 2008, producers are encouraged to contact the county FSA office, as soon as possible, to schedule a time that is convenient for them. Producers whose circumstances are such that they will be unable to come by the office by the deadline should contact the Mason County FSA Office at (325)-347-5740 extension 2, so other arrangements can be made if necessary.