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Non-Insured Crop Assistance Program

The Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program provides financial assistance to agriculture producers whose crops aren't covered by crop insurance. It limits farmers' losses and helps to manage their overall risk. For eligibility, producers must annually register their crops, before a disaster occurs.


What This Rating Means

Moderately Effective

In general, a program rated Moderately Effective has set ambitious goals and is well-managed. Moderately Effective programs likely need to improve their efficiency or address other problems in the programs' design or management in order to achieve better results.
  • The Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program is valuable for agricultural producers as one of their risk management tools. It is delivered through local county Farm Service Agency offices, which enable the greatest grassroots outreach possible in the specific county locations where intended beneficiaries live and farm. Participation in the program has increased steadily over the years.
  • The agnecy has developed well-designed performance measures that incorporate information from key partners and selected the best available data sources for illustrating the purpose of the program. The program has also established extremely performance targets.
  • Better independent evaluations and improvement in financial accounting are needed. Evaluations are primarily limited to Inspector General audits, which tend to vary by objective and are not routine. In addition, there currently exist Agency-wide material weaknesses in financial accounting and reporting systems that need to be addressed.

Improvement Plan

About Improvement Plans

We are taking the following actions to improve the performance of the program:

  • Eliminating shortcomings identified in financial audits by strengthening the processes and controls in the program's disbursement system.
  • Developing and implementing a performance-based budgeting process that will improve accountability of budget and financial systems.
  • Investigating options to commission independent evaluations that analyze program performance.

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