July 8, 2011
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack this week reminded producers that they have until Friday, July 29, to apply for assistance for 2009 crop losses under the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) Program. The program provides crop disaster assistance payments to eligible producers on farms that have incurred crop production or quality losses.
The SURE program takes into consideration losses on all crops grown by a producer nationwide. To be eligible, producers must have suffered at least a 10 percent production loss on a crop of economic significance and obtained a policy or plan of insurance under the Federal Crop Insurance Act or the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP, for all economically significant crops. A producer must have a farming interest physically located in a county that was declared a primary disaster county or contiguous county by the secretary under a Secretarial Disaster Designation or have actual production on the farm that was less than 50 percent of the normal production on the farm due to a natural disaster.
A producer interested in signing up for SURE for their 2009 crops must do so before close of business July 29 at the county FSA office servicing the producer. The sign-up for the SURE program for the 2010 crops will be announced at a later date.