Wednesday, July 13, 2011



USDA Deadline to Apply for SURE Crop Disaster Benefits is July 29


Boise–USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), has announced that the deadline to apply for assistance for 2009 crop losses under the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) program is July 29, 2011.


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 must apply for SURE program benefits by the July 29th deadline. To meet program eligibility requirements, the farming operation must be physically located in a county that was declared a primary or contiguous disaster county by the Secretary of Agriculture under a 2009 Secretarial Disaster Designation.


Producers located in designated disaster counties must have suffered at least a 10 percent loss on a crop of economic significance and purchased crop insurance through the Federal Crop Insurance Act or the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP).


However, an operation located in a county that did not receive a primary or contiguous disaster designation, can still qualify for SURE benefits if the actual farm production was less than 50 percent of the normal production on the farm due to the a qualifying disaster event.


"For 2009 Idaho had no Primary designated counties," said Dick Rush, State Executive Director. There were however five counties within the state; Bonner, Shoshone, Lemhi, Clark, and Fremont that qualify because of disaster designations in contiguous counties," he said. "Additionally, Idaho producers with farming interests in the Washington counties of Spokane and Whitman as well as Teton County, Wyoming are eligible."


Producers and legal entities collectively cannot, directly or indirectly, receive more than $100,000 in SURE and other FSA disaster assistance payments. FSA disaster programs include SURE, Livestock Forage Program (LFP), Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP), and Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-raised Fish (ELAP).


Producers or legal entities, whose nonfarm income is more than $500,000, are not eligible for SURE program payments.


For questions regarding the SURE program, please contact your local county office.


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