Carroll County FSA issues more than $1.8 million in grazing loss payments
The Carroll County Farm Service Agency (FSA) reports that it paid out $1,867,900 to Carroll County farmers for 2018 grazing losses under its Noninsured Assistance Program (NAP). According to County Executive Director Scott Fancher, “almost all of those payments were issued the week after the government shutdown ended.” Carroll County payments worked out to $18.76 per acre after the mandated 6.2 percent sequester reduction.
Fancher said many producers confuse NAP with another FSA program, the Livestock Forage Program (LFP). Unlike NAP, LFP is single peril. County eligibility for LFP payments is purely a function of the U.S. Drought Monitor. Carroll County never became eligible for LFP in 2018 despite long dry spells in several areas of the county. On the other hand, “NAP is multi-peril. It was the combination of the holdover drought from the fall of 2017, cold in April, heat in May, a dry early summer and armyworms, that qualified us for 2018 NAP grazing loss payments,” Fancher said.
Fancher also praised local FSA committee members Kevan Flowers, Jennifer McCall and Kenny Underdown: “Carroll County farmers wouldn’t have got this help if their committee hadn’t asked and argued for it. To my mind, they deserve a thank you from all of us.”
Anyone who would like more information on how to participate in NAP or other programs administered by FSA can call 870-423-2638 or visit the office at 909A, Freeman Switch Road in Berryville.