INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana Executive Director for USDA's Farm Service Agency Julia A. Wickard recently reminded producers the 2009 Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program (SURE) is underway and will continue through July 29, 2011.
SURE provides crop disaster assistance payments to eligible producers on farms that have incurred crop production or crop quality losses as a result of a natural disaster.
The program addresses crop losses on all farming interests in all counties and states. SURE provides assistance in an amount equal to 60 percent of the difference between the SURE farm guarantee (expected revenue) and the actual farm revenue.
In 2009, Indiana had 29 counties that were either declared a natural disaster by the Secretary of Agriculture, or contiguous to a declared county.
Any producer who has part of his/her farming operation in one of these counties may qualify for a SURE payment, if there was a 10 percent production loss of one crop of economic significance. This does not guarantee a payment, because SURE is based on total farm revenue.
"FSA employees are ready to serve producers with questions about the SURE Program for the 2009 crop year," Wickard said.
"The 2010 crop year will be addressed later this calendar year in FSA Offices across the country."
The counties included Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Elkhart, Gibson, Greene, Hancock, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Johnson, Knox, LaGrange, LaPorte, Lawrence, Marion, Martin, Monroe, Orange, Posey, Ripley, Rush, St. Joseph, Scott, Shelby, Steuben, Sullivan, Vigo and Washington.
Farmers in other counties who suffered in excess of a 50-percent loss and meet all other eligibility requirements may also be eligible for 2009 SURE.
In addition to loss thresholds, producers must meet certain other eligibility requirements to qualify for SURE benefits.
They include the Risk Management Purchase Requirement (RMPR). The RMPR requires that a producer have crop insurance, a non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance (NAP) coverage on every crop of economic significance in every county where the producer has an interest.
The deadline to make applications for benefits is July 29.
For more information on SURE, visit any FSA County Office.
Additional information is available online at www.fsa.usda.gov/sure.