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Christine White, Executive Director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Michigan reminds eligible producers that the sign-up period for the 2009 crop year Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) program has opened. SURE is one of five disaster programs included in the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Farm Bill) that provides assistance to farmers who have suffered losses due to natural disasters.


Source: USDA Farm Service Agency

Contact: Eric Fischer 517-324-5107 eric.fischer@mi.usda.gov

Farmers Are Reminded that the Sign Up Period for Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments for 2009 Losses Has Opened

EAST LANSING, Jan. 13, 2011- Christine White, Executive Director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Michigan reminds eligible producers that the sign-up period for the 2009 crop year Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) program has opened. SURE is one of five disaster programs included in the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Farm Bill) that provides assistance to farmers who have suffered losses due to natural disasters.

"Natural disasters can turn what would be a profitable crop year into a year of hardship and financial loss," White said. "Any eligible producer who suffered losses during the 2009 crop year is encouraged to visit a local FSA office to learn more about the SURE program and how to apply."

To be eligible for SURE a farm or ranch must have:

  • At least a 10 percent production loss on a crop of economic significance;
  • 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;
  • Been physically located in a county that was declared a primary disaster county or contiguous county by the Agriculture Secretary under a Secretarial Disaster Designation. Without a Secretarial Disaster Designation, individual producers may be eligible if the actual production on the farm is less than 50 percent of the normal production on the farm due to a natural disaster.

Producers considered socially disadvantaged, a beginning farmer, or a limited resource farmer may be eligible for SURE without a policy or plan of insurance or NAP coverage.

Farmers interested in signing up must do so before July 29, 2011.

For more information on the 2009 SURE program, visit any USDA Service Center or FSA county office or http://www.fsa.usda.gov/sure.

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