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SURE Signup


Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

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. Fillmore County was contiguous to a Secretarial Designated county in 2008, therefore, land in Fillmore county only needs to suffer a 10 percent loss to qualify. For 2009 we were not declared or designated a Secretarial county, therefore, for 2009 Fillmore county producers will need to have suffered at least a 50 percent loss to qualify. We will not be taking 2009 applications until next year. 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 http://www.fsa.usda.gov.

Dairy Economic Loss Assistance Program

The Dairy Economic Loss Assistance Program (DELAP) provides a one-time payment to assist dairy producers who have recently experienced low milk prices and high production costs.

No application to receive DELAP program benefits is required if a dairy operation or producer's records are currently available in a Farm Service Agency (FSA) county office from previous participation in a fiscal year 2009 dairy program administered by the agency. FSA will use existing production data maintained by the FSA county office for the months of February through July 2009 to calculate and issue payments.

Dairy producers who do not have production records at the FSA county office, and who have not been contacted to obtain such data for the months of February through July 2009, may apply to receive DELAP benefits during the 30-day application period beginning Dec. 17, 2009. The deadline to submit requests for DELAP program benefits is January 19, 2010.

FSA will calculate payments based on each qualifying dairy operation's total pounds of production commercially marketed during the months of February 2009 through July 2009, multiplied by two, up to six million pounds per dairy operation. A national per hundredweight payment rate will be calculated by dividing the available funding of $290 million, less a reserve established by FSA, by the total pounds of eligible production approved for payment. Payments to eligible dairy producers will be calculated by multiplying the established payment rate by the dairy producer's share of the dairy operation's eligible production payment quantity.

DELAP eligibility requirements are available at the county office or on line at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/Internet/FSA_File/delap09.pdf.

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