SACRAMENTO — Deadlines are nearing for California growers of uninsured crops to apply for affordable federal crop loss protection.
"Changes in federal regulation allow for individual coverage tailored to meet specific producer's needs" says California Agriculture Secretary William (Bill) J. Lyons Jr., "Until now, such application were only considered when there were catastrophic losses occurring in a widespread area."
Each individual loss is now measured on its own merits.
To be eligible under this program all 2001 and 2002 crop year sales must have a sales closing date of April 18 unless there are multiple plantings of the same crop in the county. Applications and service fees must be submitted to the USDA Farm Service Agency office by April 18.
Growers who did not previously apply for the noninsured assistance program and who have already reported losses may still be able to obtain benefits by meeting that filing deadline. Crops eligible are those for which crop insurance is not available, including fruits and vegetables, aquaculture and forage crops.