The Montana Farm Service Agency says the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program coverage for 2012 camelina crops will be available in 15 counties in the western portion of the state, a result of a newly-announced insurance program for camelina now available in the other 41 counties.
In another action impacting Montana growers, the state Board of Hail Insurance announces that producers who purchased state hail insurance in 2011 will receive a refund of 25% of the premiums they paid.
The board issued 1,943 hail insurance policies covering 1.6 million acres in 2011. That's below the 2 million acres in 2007, a record, primarily due to the wet spring and prevented planting of crops.
The camelina insurance program changes are important to Montana, perhaps the largest producer of the oilseed crop in the West.
FSA will only offer 2012 NAP coverage for camelina in the following 15 Montana counties: Beaverhead, Deer Lodge, Flathead, Gallatin, Granite, Lake, Lincoln, Madison, Mineral, Missoula, Jefferson, Powell, Ravalli, Sanders and Silver Bow.
"Before this new program, NAP coverage was available through FSA in all 56 counties," acting State FSA Director Dick Deschamps says. "We want to ensure that Montana farmers are aware of these changes to that camelina growers in those 41 counties can contact their crop insurance agent before the Feb. 1, 2012 sales closing date to insure camelina. Farmers in the 15 counties not included in the insurance program have until March 15, 2012, to purchase a NAP policy through FSA."
NAP is a federally-funded program administered by FSA that provides financial help to growers of non-insurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory, or prevented planting occurs as a result of natural disaster.
The program provides financial relief coverage for commercially produced crops for which catastrophic levels of insurance is not available elsewhere. In the event of a natural disaster, NAP covers the amount of the loss greater than 50% of the expected production based on the approved yield and reported acreage.