USDA's Farm Service Agency in Indiana Executive Director Julia A. Wickard wished to remind eligible producers that the signup period for the 2009 crop year Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) program has opened.
SURE is one of five disaster programs included in the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (Farm Bill) that provides assistance to farmers who have suffered losses due to natural disasters.
"SURE is part of the farm safety net that assists producers who provide food, feed and fiber to America and the world," Wickard said.
"Natural disasters can turn what would be a profitable crop year into a year of hardship and financial loss. Any eligible producer who suffered losses during the 2009 crop year is encouraged to visit their local FSA office to learn more about the SURE program and how to apply."
To be eligible for SURE, a farm must have:
* At least a 10-percent production loss on a crop of economic significance, and
* 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; and 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.
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 of NAP coverage.
Farmers interested in signing up must do so before July 29.
SURE provides benefits for 2008 through 2011 crop year farm revenue losses due to natural disasters.
It is the 2008 Farm Bill's successor prior ad hoc crop disaster programs.
For more information on the 2009 SURE program, visit any USDA Service Center or FSA county office or log on to www.fsa.usda.gov/sure.