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New SURE Ruling Improves Disaster Aid Prospects

New SURE Ruling Improves Disaster Aid Prospects

You won't have to have harvested crops on or before Sept. 30 to be eligible.

The Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments program will be able to assist more farmers and ranchers facing losses stemming from the record flooding and other disasters in North Dakota and South Dakota this year, according to Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.)

USDA decided that crops won't have to be harvested on or before Sept. 30 for producers to be eligible.

To be eligible, you must have:

At least a 10% production loss on a crop of economic significance (a crop that contributes at least 5% of the expected revenue.

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; and

Either been physically located in a county that was declared a primary disaster county or contiguous county by the ag secretary under a Secretarial Disaster Designation; or

If not located in any disaster county or county contiguous to such a county, have an overall loss greater than or equal to 50% of normal production on the farm (expected revenue for all crops on the farm) because of disaster.

When filing an application, you'll have to certify that you suffered a 10% loss and the FSA county committee will have to approve it. Total revenue loss for the farm will be based on all production, price and quality losses for all 2011 crops.

"SURE is a critical part of the farm safety net we pushed for in the last Farm Bill. I strongly encourage all eligible producers who suffered losses this year to visit their local FSA office to learn more about the SURE program," Sen. Conrad says.

Source: Sen. Conrad's office
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