Crop disaster assistance program deadline announced

Boise City— Producers who suffered crop loss from damaging weather in 2003 or 2004 are eligible for assistance. The Farm Service Agency announced that eligible producers may sign-up for the Crop Disaster Program (CDP) until close of business on September 9, 2005, for the 2003 and 2004 crop years.

“We are pleased to be able to provide these benefits to producers as quickly as possible,” said Paul Toon, County Executive Director for Cimarron County FSA. “Drought, floods, hail, and other unpredictable weather events put farmers and ranchers at risk in producing a dependable and affordable national food supply. Signup for this program opened on March 14 of this year.”

Producers suffering a greater than 35-percent production loss and/or more than a 20-percent quality loss are eligible. The payment rate for CDP has been increased to 65 percent of the established commodity price for insured crops and noninsured crops, and 60 percent of the price for uninsured commodities. Previous disaster assistance provided payments of 50 percent of the established commodity price for insured and non-insurable crops and 45 percent for uninsured crops.

Producers may apply for CDP for any crops that are eligible for coverage under the Federal Crop Insurance or the Noninsured Assistance Program.

For more information on these issues, visit USDA's website at

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