FSA Reminds Producers of the 2009 SURE Sign-up Deadline and Updated Quality Adjustment

By: USDA Press Release
By: USDA Press Release

Wisconsin’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers that the sign-up deadline for the 2009 crop year Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) program is July 29, 2011.

SURE provides assistance to farmers and ranchers who have suffered losses due to natural disasters.

To be eligible for SURE a farm must have:
• At least a 10 percent production loss adjusted for quality 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.

In Wisconsin, all counties except the following were determined primary or contiguous for 2009:

Columbia Dane
Dodge Fond du Lac
Green Lake Jefferson
Marquette Milwaukee
Ozaukee Racine
Sauk Washington

Forty-five of Wisconsin’s 72 Counties have been approved for the use of quality adjustments due to low test weights and/or excess moisture in corn for the 2009 crop year. Producers that request a quality adjustment must have verifiable production evidence to support their request for a quality adjustment with the exception of excess moisture related evidence. Wisconsin FSA was recently authorized a waiver of the verifiable evidence provision for excess moisture. This waiver allows the use of propane/LP usage records to prove the corn crop met or exceeded the quality adjustment factor established for the county.

If you have applied for 2009 SURE and did not take the quality adjustment for excess moisture for corn grain because you lacked the required evidence or inquired about the program and did not apply because you lacked the quality adjustment evidence to become eligible for program benefits, please contact your local FSA Office for details regarding the change in this requirement. All changes must be completed by the July 29, 2011 deadline.

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.

For more information on the 2009 SURE program, call the Marathon County Farm Service agency at 715-848-2330 or http://www.fsa.usda.gov/sure.

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