FSA seeks comments on revision of information collection for NAP

By Erin Voegele | January 28, 2016

The USDA’s Farm Service Agency has published a notice in the Federal Register seeking comments on a revision of a currently approved information collection in support of the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP). According to the notice, the revision adds the report of acreage for NAP in the information collection request.

The notice explains that the report of acreage is not a new requirement for NAP. However, it was previously covered in a separate information collection request. FSA is now merging it into the NAP information request.  According to the FSA, the information being collected is needed from producers in order to determine their eligibility for NAP assistance.

According to the notice, the information collected allows FSA to provide assistance through NAP for losses of commercial crops or other agricultural commodities, except livestock, that are produced for food, fiber, bioenergy conversion, and for which catastrophic coverage under certain sections of the Federal Crop Insurance Act is not available.

The notice indicates changes implemented under the 2014 Farm Bill authorized the availability of additional NAP coverage levels ranging from 50 to 65 percent of production at 100 percent of the average market price (NAP buy-up coverage) and expanded NAP coverage to sweet sorghum, biomass sorghum, and industrial crops grown as feedstock for renewable biofuel, renewable electricity, and biobased products.

The FSA is seeking comments on several specific elements of the information collection. The agency is specifically asking interested parties to provide information to help it evaluate whether the collection is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of FSA and evaluate the accuracy of FSA’s estimate of burden. Interested parties are also invited to submit comments that will help the FSA enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected and to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond.

Comments are due March 21. Additional information is available on the Federal Register website