December Farm Service Agency Newsletter and Updates for South Carolina Farmers and Ranchers

December 2015

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South Carolina FSA December Newsletter

South Carolina
Farm Service Agency

1927 Thurmond Mall, Suite 100
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: 803.806.3820
Fax: 855.563.9305

State Committee:
Robert Battle, Chairperson
Warren Dixon
Mary Frances Koon
Don Sharp
Tom Trantham

State Executive Director:
W. Jack Nettles, Acting

Administrative Officer:
Toni Turner

Farm Programs Chief:
Amy Turner

Farm Loan Programs Chief:
Frank Sligh

Office Holiday Closures
Dec. 24 - Closing at 12:30pm

Dec. 25 - Closed

Jan. 1 - Closed

Producers can contact their local FSA Office for more information or to schedule an appointment.


USDA Encourages SC Producers to Consider Risk Protection Coverage before Crop Sales Deadlines

The Farm Service Agency encourages producers to examine available USDA crop risk protection options, including federal crop insurance and Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage, before the applicable crop sales deadline.

Producers are reminded that crops not covered by insurance may be eligible for the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP). The 2014 Farm Bill expanded NAP to include higher levels of protection. Beginning, underserved and limited resource farmers are now eligible for free catastrophic level coverage, as well as discounted premiums for additional levels of protection."

Federal crop insurance covers crop losses from natural adversities such as drought, hail and excessive moisture. NAP covers losses from natural disasters on crops for which no permanent federal crop insurance program is available, including perennial grass forage and grazing crops, fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, floriculture, ornamental nursery, aquaculture, turf grass, ginseng, honey, syrup, bioenergy, and industrial crops.

USDA has partnered with Michigan State University and the University of Illinois to create an online tool at that allows producers to determine whether their crops are eligible for federal crop insurance or NAP and to explore the best level of protection for their operation. NAP basic coverage is available at 55 percent of the average market price for crop losses that exceed 50 percent of expected production, with higher levels of coverage, up to 65 percent of their expected production at 100 percent of the average market price, including coverage for organics and crops marketed directly to consumers.

Deadlines for coverage vary by state and crop. To learn more about NAP visit or contact your local USDA Service Center. To find your local USDA Service Centers go to

Federal crop insurance coverage is sold and delivered solely through private insurance agents. Agent lists are available at all USDA Service Centers or at USDA’s online Agent Locator: Producers can use the USDA Cost Estimator,, to predict insurance premium costs.