The Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) Program is available to producers on farms that have incurred crop production or quality losses for the 2009 crop. The program deadline is July 29 for producers to apply for the related crop disaster assistance payments. Questions should be directed to local USDA Farm Service Agency Offices. "USDA wants to ensure that all eligible producers are aware of the approaching deadline," says USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. "SURE covers producers on farms in disaster counties that incurred crop production, crop-quality losses or both, but in order to qualify, you need to file in a timely manner."

The SURE program addresses losses on all crops nationwide. To be eligible, producers must have suffered at least a 10 percent production loss on a crop of economic significance and obtained 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. A producer must have an actual, physical farming interest in a county that was declared a primary disaster county or contiguous county by USDA under a Secretarial Disaster Designation or have actual production on a farm that produced less than 50 percent of its “normal” production due to a natural disaster.

There is a $100,000 limit per person and legal entity collectively received, directly and indirectly. It also applies to payment combinations related to SURE as well as livestock disaster programs administered by FSA, which include Livestock Forage Program (LFP), Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-raised Fish (ELAP). Persons or legal entities whose average nonfarm income exceeds $500,000 are not eligible for SURE payments.

A producer interested in signing up for SURE for his or her 2009 crops must do so before the end of business on July 29 at his/her respective county FSA office. The sign-up for the 2010 crop SURE program will be announced at a later date, USDA reports. Source: USDA