"It is crucial that producers meet the deadline for the SURE Program in order to receive disaster assistance for the 2010 crop year," Wickard said. "FSA realizes that farmers take risks everyday and these programs form part of the safety net that keeps producers operating after devastating natural disasters and during times of low market prices."
The SURE Program compensates producers for production and/or quality losses during times of disaster. All producers who have experienced crop production and/or crop quality losses during the 2010 crop year must apply for the SURE Program benefits by the June 1 deadline.
Eligibility requirements differ between producers located in counties designated as a primary or contiguous disaster county by the Secretary of Agriculture and between producers located in non-disaster counties.
In addition to other eligibility requirements, producers must have purchased crop insurance through the Federal Crop Insurance Act or the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP).
For further information on the SURE Program, call the local FSA Office or log on to www.fsa.usda.gov/sure.