USDA Deadline for SURE Disaster Benefits Approaching

USDA Deadline for SURE Disaster Benefits Approaching

Growers face upcoming cutoff to participate in national disaster help plan.

Reno, Nev., USDA Farm Services Agency State Executive Director Clint Koble reminds producers that the deadline to apply for 2009 (cq) crop losses under the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments program is July 29.

"The SURE program compensates producers for production and/or quality losses during times of disaster," explains Koble "All producers who have experienced crop production and/or crop quality losses must apply for SURE program benefits by the July 29th deadline."

To meet program eligibility requirements, the farming operation must be physically located in a county that was declared a primary or contiguous disaster county by the USDA Secretary or Agriculture under a 2009 Secretarial Disaster Designation

Producers located in designated disaster counties must have suffered at least a 10% loss of crop of economic significance and purchased crop insurance through the Federal Crop Insurance Act or the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program.

However, an operation not located in a county that did not receive a primary or contiguous disaster designation, can still qualify for SURE benefits if the actual farm production was less than 50% of the normal production on the farm due to a qualifying disaster event.

Producers and legal entities collectively cannot, directly or indirectly, receive more than $100,000 in SURE and other FSA disaster assistance payments. FSA disaster programs include SURE, the Livestock Forage Program, the Livestock Indemnity Program, and the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-raised Fish programs.

Producers or legal entities whose non-farm income is more than $500,000 are not eligible for SURE program payments.

For questions, contact your local FSA office through which the SURE program is administered locally in all western states.

Farms are eligible for SURE if a portion of the farm is located in a county declared a disaster.

A "farm" is described as all crop acreage in all counties that a producer planted or intended to be planted for harvest for normal commercial sale or livestock feeding.

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