Beginning next Monday, Jan. 10 producers who incurred crop losses for the 2009 crop year can sign up for the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments program. SURE is one of five disaster programs included in the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 that provides assistance to farmers and ranchers who have suffered losses due to natural disasters. Eligible growers will be able to apply for the program at their local USDA Farm Service Agency county office.
SURE provides assistance in an amount equal to 60% of the difference between the SURE farm guarantee and total farm revenue. The farm guarantee is based on the amount of crop insurance and Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program coverage on the farm. Total farm revenue takes into account the actual value of production on the farm as well as insurance indemnities and certain farm program payments.
Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says this program provides a tremendous amount of assistance to producers who have suffered from natural disasters, and is part of the 'safety net' designed to assist farmers and ranchers who feed America and the world.