Wisconsin Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers that Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE), as established under the 2008 Farm Bill, covers crop losses prior to October 1, 2011. The portion of the crop losses that occur due to a disaster after that date, either to a 2011 or potentially to a 2012 crop, are not eligible for SURE benefits nor can that portion of the crop loss occurring after that date be used for SURE eligibility purposes.
For 2011 losses filed next fall, FSA will be required to determine that the claimed loss was due to a disaster occurring on or before September 30, 2011. FSA must determine if a qualifying loss meets the established disaster relieve criteria for at least one crop.
At the time the 2011 and 2012 SURE application for payment is filed, the producer will be required to identify and certify a crop of economic significance that suffered a qualifying loss of 10 percent or more. In addition, at least one such crop with 10 percent losses on or before September 30, 2011 will be required.
SURE applications for 2011 crop losses will be accepted in late 2012. The SURE sign up for 2010 crop losses will be this fall or early winter as the dates are yet to be announced.
SURE is part of the ‘safety net’ that provides assistance to producers who have suffered losses from natural disasters. In addition, to meeting the qualifying loss requirement, SURE eligibility also requires that the loss was physically located in a county that was declared a primary disaster county or contiguous county by the Agriculture Secretary under a Secretarial Disaster Designation.
For more information about the SURE program, call the office at 715-848-2330 or visit the Marathon County FSA at 326 River Dr, Wausau, WI or http://www.fsa.usda.gov/sure.