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Jackson and Josephine county farmers have until Friday to purchase coverage through the Noninsurable Crop Disaster Assistance Program.

NAP provides financial assistance to producers of noninsurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory or prevented planting occur because of natural disasters.

Beets, cabbage, canola, carrots, Christmas trees, flowers, greens, herbs (except mint) and onions are covered.

Crops must be commercially produced agricultural commodities for which the catastrophic risk protection level of crop insurance is not available. If the Risk Management Agency offers coverage for a crop in the county, then NAP coverage is not available for that crop.

In the event of a natural disaster, NAP covers the amount of loss greater than 50 percent of the expected production based on the approved yield and reported acreage.

The service fee is $250 per crop and no more than $750 per producer per administrative county, not to exceed a total of $1,875 for a producer with farming interests in multiple counties.

Brookside Inn & Suites in White City has received the TripAdvisor Award of Excellence for 2012. The motel at the junction of highways 62 and 140 received 4.5 stars out of 5 from TripAdvisor participants during the past 12 months. Nora DeGroot-Smith is general manager of the hospitality property.

Medford-based Listo Tax Solutions has extended its tax and accounting services reach by awarding a second franchise, in Houston.

The firm's primary focus is on the Hispanic community in Oregon, California and Texas. The new office is scheduled to open in mid-September.

Listo Tax Solutions, operated by President Clay Cathcart, has been in business for more than five years, providing tax-return preparation, assistance to startup companies, payroll processing and accounting compilation.

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