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Farm service agency news

Fri, Jan 14th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

By Tammy Martin

SURE Signup

Signup for the 2009 Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program (SURE) began Jan. 10, 2011. SURE provides benefits for 2008 - 2011 crop year farm revenue losses due to natural disasters.

A farm enrolled in SURE is eligible when either:

• a portion of the farm is located in a county covered by a qualifying natural disaster declaration (USDA Secretarial Declarations only) or a contiguous county and suffers an actual production loss of 10 percent or more on one crop; or,

• the actual production on the total farm is less than 50 percent of the normal production.

Fillmore county is a contiguous county again for 2009, therefore, production losses need to meet the 10 percent loss threshold to qualify. Quality losses will need to be documented with production evidence. Signup will end on July 29, 2011.

2011 DCP Signup

Enrollment for the 2011 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) has begun and will continue through June 1, 2011. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) urges producers to make use of the eDCP automated website to sign up, or producers can visit the FSA office to complete their 2011 DCP contract.

Eligible producers receive direct payments at rates established by statute regardless of market prices. FSA will issue advance direct payments beginning Dec. 1, 2010.

Now is a good time to get your farm(s) signed up. Please provide leases on rented land unless we have a current lease on file. Cash rent leases need to either state the dollar amount or say cash lease. Please call 507 765-3892 for an appointment.

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