Vegetable farmers, forage producers, Christmas tree growers and aquaculture producers should consider signing up for the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) by deadline Thursday, Feb. 28.


NAP provides financial assistance to producers of noninsurable crops when low yields, floods, loss of inventory or prevented planting occur due to natural disasters, according to a news release.


Feb. 28 is the deadline for most spring planted vegetables. These include southern peas, okra, squash, cucumbers, cantaloupes, watermelons and pumpkins, said Henry English, director of the Small Farm Program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.


“Not only must producers sign up by Feb. 28, they must also pay any administrative fees by that date,” English said in the release. “Fees this year may have changed so check with your local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office for recent updates.”


Farmers in three categories – beginning, limited resource and socially disadvantaged (which includes women) – qualify for a waiver of service fees, according to the release.


The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff offers all of its Extension and Research programs and services without discrimination.