NCGA Issues Reminder on SURE Program

Eligible producers can still sign up for the permanent disaster assistance program.

Published on: Mar 31, 2010
The National Corn Growers Association reminds growers impacted by 2008 crop losses that they still have the opportunity to sign up for the permanent disaster assistance program Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments. To be eligible, growers must meet a risk management purchase requirement by having either federal crop insurance or being enrolled in the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program.

Requirements to receive benefits include: the farm must be located in a county covered by a qualifying natural disaster declaration and a 10% production loss on a crop of economic significance must have been sustained. In addition, individual producers outside designated areas can also be eligible if the overall production loss is greater than 50%.

SURE is expected to provide assistance to producers who suffered qualifying crop production losses, crop quality losses or both due to disaster, adverse weather or other environmental conditions beginning with the 2008 crop year and ending with losses incurred on or before
Sept. 30, 2011. NCGA points out, the SURE program helps mitigate the threats of lower-than-expected yields and prices by providing a revenue guarantee for producers' total farming interest.