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Two Important Deadlines Fast Approaching

Two Important Deadlines Fast Approaching

If you're eligible for USDA's 2009 SURE program payment, signup deadline is July 29, 2011. Deadline to request a 2011 farm reconstitution is Aug. 1, 2011.

FAQ: Two important dates are coming up regarding FSA programs. I think I’m eligible for a payment from the Supplemental Revenue Assistance or SURE program to cover crop losses incurred from storms in 2009, the amount not covered by crop insurance. Also, I’d like to have two farms "reconstituted" by FSA in 2011. What should I do?

Answer: Provided by Beth Grabau, public information and outreach specialist at the Farm Service Agency state office in Des Moines.

SURE Program: Sign up for the 2009 SURE program ends July 29, 2011. SURE provides benefits based on farm revenue losses due to natural disasters. Producers who suffered a production loss in 2009, should visit their local FSA office now to learn what they need to do to apply.

To be eligible for SURE, a farm or ranch must have:

  • At least a 10% production loss on a crop of economic significance
  • Insured all economically significant crops
  • Been physically located in a county that was declared a primary disaster country or contiguous county by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture under a Secretarial Designation. Without a Secretarial disaster Designation, individual producers may be eligible if the actual production on the farm is less than 50% of the normal production on the farm, due to a natural disaster.

In Iowa, eligible counties for 2009 SURE payment that are either primary or contiguous counties are: Allamakee, Appanoose, Benton, Black Hawk, Boone, Bremer, Buchanan, Buena Vista, Butler, Calhoun, Carroll, Cerro Gordo, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Clarke, Clay, Clayton, Crawford, Clinton, Davis, Decatur, Delaware, Des Moines, Dickinson, Dubuque, Emmet, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Greene, Grundy, Hamilton, Hardin, Henry, Howard, Humboldt, Ida, Iowa, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Lee, Linn, Louisa, Lucas, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Mitchell, Monona, Monroe, Muscatine, O’Brien, Osceola, Page, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Pocahontas, Poweshiek, Ringgold, Sac, Story, Tama, Taylor, Union, Van Buren, Wapello, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Winneshiek, Wright and Woodbury.

Farm Reconstitutions: The deadline for requesting a farm reconstitution that is effective for the current year is August 1, 2011 for farms enrolled in the Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program or DCP. When changes in ownership or operation of a farm, a reconstitution maybe necessary.

The reconstitution by the Farm Service Agency, or recon as it is often called, is the process of combining or dividing farms or tracts of land for farm program purposes, based on the farming operation.

There are four different methods used when doing a farm recon. They are: Estate Method, Designation of Landowner Method, DCP Cropland Method and the Default Method.

If DCP direct payments have already been issued on a particular farm, the reconstitution will be effective for the next year, unless the payments are refunded to FSA. For more information on recons, visit your local FSA office.

If you have specific questions or need details regarding USDA farm programs, contact your local USDA Farm Service Agency office. You can also get news and information about DCP, ACRE and other USDA programs at

Two Iowa State University Extension Web sites have farm program information and analysis. They are ISU's Ag Decision Maker site at and ISU Extension Specialist Steve Johnson's site at

And be sure to read the regular column "Frequently Asked Questions about the Farm Program" that appears in each issue of Wallaces Farmer magazine and at


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