Disaster eligibility requirements for 2011 and 2012 crops

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USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Craig Schaunaman announced the legislative authority for the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) program ends on September 30, 2011. Producers must meet specific eligibility requirements to receive SURE assistance for disasters that occur on or before September 30, 2011, and affect fall 2011 and 2012 crops.

“The SURE program compensates producers for production and/or quality losses during times of disaster,” said Schaunaman.

Producers can apply for a 2011 or 2012 SURE payment if a crop of economic significance located in a primary or contiguous disaster county under a Secretarial Disaster Designation suffered at least a 10 percent loss due to an eligible disaster occurring on or before September 30, 2011.

Crops are not required to be harvested on or before September 30, 2011, to maintain SURE eligibility. A loss claim will only trigger after FSA determines that the loss was a result of disaster occurring on or before September 30, 2011. Losses that result from disasters that occur after September 30, 2011, will not be eligible for SURE benefits.

Schaunaman points out that, “If the crop is planted prior to September 30, 2011, but the final planting date is after September 30, 2011, the crop will not be eligible for SURE benefits.”

More information about SURE or any other program administered by FSA may be obtained by contacting your local FSA office or on-line at www.fsa.usda.gov.

Source: USDA FSA

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