Signup Under Way for Crop Assistance Program
The sign-up period for 2009 crop year Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) has opened, according to Amber Waller, executive director of the Moore-Montgomery Farm Service Agency.
SURE is one of five disaster programs included in the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 farm bill providing assistance to farmers who suffered losses because of natural disasters.
"SURE is part of the safety net that assists farmers and ranchers who provide food and fiber to America and the world," Waller said. "Any eligible producer who suffered losses during the 2009 crop year is encouraged to visit the Moore-Montgomery County FSA office for details on the SURE program and how to apply."
To be eligible for SURE, a farm or ranch must have:
n At least a 10 percent production loss on a crop of economic significance;
n 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;
n Been physically located in a county that was declared a primary disaster county or contiguous county by the agriculture secretary under a Secretarial Disaster Designation.
Without a Secretarial Disaster Designation, individual producers may be eligible if the actual production on the farm is less than 50 percent of the normal production on the farm due to a natural disaster.
Waller says 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.
Interested farmers and ranchers must sign up before July 29.
More information is available by visiting http://www.fsa.usda.gov/sure.
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