The Richmond Register

October 24, 2012

Sign up for SURE began on Oct. 22

Special to the Register

RICHMOND — The Farm Service Agency announces the sign-up period for the 2011 crop year Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) program will open from Oct. 22 to June 7, 2013. The SURE program authorizes assistance to farmers and ranchers who suffered crop losses caused by natural disasters occurring through Sept. 30, 2011.

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 Secretary of Agriculture 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. A “farm” for SURE purposes means the entirety of all crop acreage in all counties that a producer planted or intended to be planted for harvest for normal commercial sale or on-farm livestock feeding, including native and improved grassland intended for haying.

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

Visit the Richmond FSA county office at 1024 Ival James Blvd., Ste A-2, Richmond or for more information. You may also call the office at 624-1980, Ext. 2.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.