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Deadline for new program in 2008 Farm Bill is fast approaching.

Don't miss the deadline for signing up for the disaster program in the new Farm Bill.

The deadline is Sept. 16.

According to Dwight Aakre, NDSU Extension ag economist and farm management specialist, the new disaster programs are the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program, Livestock Forage Disaster Program, Livestock Indemnity Program, Tree Assistance Program and Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees and Farm-raised Fish.

The SURE program covers quantity and/or quality crop losses, TAP covers tree losses and EALHF covers adverse weather events affecting livestock producers.

To be eligible for benefits from any of these three programs, a producer must carry crop insurance on all insurable crops and Noninsured Crop Assistance Program coverage on all non-insurable crops on all acreage in all counties. This includes pasture and hay land.

Since the enrollment deadline for both crop insurance and NAP for 2008 crops has passed, a waiver has been authorized in the 2008 farm bill to allow producers to pay a buy-in fee for 2008 eligibility for SURE, Aakre explains.

The deadline to sign up and pay the buy-in fee is Sept. 16. Buy-in does not provide crop insurance or NAP coverage, but it does make the producer eligible for any payment under the SURE program for 2008.

The drought conditions in western North Dakota may result in some producers being eligible for SURE payments, but only if they are fully covered by crop insurance and NAP, Aakre says.

Also, farmers wishing to participate in the 2008 direct and counter-cyclical payment program must sign up by Sept. 30, Aakre says.

It could be easy to overlook program enrollment this year because most years, sign-up would have been completed in the spring, followed by reporting acres in June.

Source: NDSU Extension Communications

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