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Farm Service Agency News - March 8, 2010

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

SURE Signup

Signup for the 2008 Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments program (SURE) began on January 4, 2010. SURE 2008 is for those who suffered crop production losses during crop year 2008.

SURE provides crop disaster assistance payments to eligible producers on farms that have incurred crop production or crop quality losses. The program takes into consideration crop losses on all crops grown by a producer nationwide. SURE provides assistance in an amount equal to 60 percent of the difference between the SURE farm guarantee and total farm revenue. The farm guarantee is based on the amount of crop insurance and Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage on the farm. Total farm revenue takes into account the actual value of production on the farm as well as insurance indemnities and certain farm program payments.

Producers with a farming interest physically located in a county that was declared a primary disaster county or contiguous county by the Agriculture Secretary must have suffered at least a 10 percent production loss on a crop of economic significance. Producers must meet the risk management purchase requirement by either obtaining a policy or plan of insurance, under the Federal Crop Insurance Act or NAP coverage, for all economically significant crops. For 2008 crops, producers had the opportunity to obtain a waiver of the risk management purchase requirement through a buy-in provision. Producers considered socially disadvantaged, a beginning farmer or rancher, or a limited-resource farmer may be eligible for SURE without a policy or plan of insurance or NAP coverage.

If there is no Secretarial Disaster Designation, individual producers may also be eligible for SURE if the actual production on the farm is less than 50 percent of the normal production on the farm due to a natural disaster. For SURE, a farm is defined as all crops in which a producer had an interest nationwide.

For more information on the new SURE program, please visit the county office or

Crop Insurance Deadline March 15

The crop insurance deadline is fast approaching for spring seeded annual crops, being March 15, 2010. If you wish to be eligible for the new disaster program SURE in 2010, you are required to carry crop insurance on all your economically significant crops. Grazing acres are not included in the SURE program.

2010 Direct and Counter Cyclical and ACRE Program Deadline

Signup for the 2010 DCP and ACRE program is underway and will end June 1, 2010. Under the current Farm Bill there are no provisions to allow a producer to enroll after this deadline. This is an annual enrollment. If producers do not signup their farm(s) by June 1, 2010, the farm will NOT be enrolled or receive the payments associated with this program.

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