"Producers across the state experienced several natural disasters during the 2010 crop year that caused hardship and financial losses to many agricultural operations," Wickard said.
"The SURE program provides assistance to producers when disaster strikes, so I strongly encourage producers with 2010 crop losses to contact their local FSA County Office to learn more about the program."
To qualify for a SURE payment, the producer's operation must be located in a county that was declared a secretarial disaster or contiguous to a declared county for 2010 and have at least 10 percent production loss that affects one crop of economic significance.
Producers with agricultural operations located outside a disaster county are eligible for SURE benefits if they had a production loss greater or equal to 50 percent of the normal production on the farm.
To meet program eligibility requirements, producers must have obtained a policy or plan of insurance for all insurable crops through the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation and obtained Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage on non-insurable crops, if available, from FSA. Eligible farmers who meet the definition of a socially disadvantaged, limited resource or beginning farmer do not have to meet the requirement.
Forage crops intended for grazing are not eligible for SURE benefits.
For more information on SURE program eligibility requirements, contact the local FSA office or log on to www.fsa.usda.gov/sure.