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SURE program period sign up ends June 1

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The Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments program (SURE) sign-up period ends June 1. The program provides benefits for farm revenue losses due to natural disasters that incurred in the crop years 2008 through Sept. 30, 2011.

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To be eligible for SURE payments, a producer is required to obtain crop insurance on all crops in all counties, or if crop insurance is not available, to participate in the Non-Insured Assistance Program (NAP) except for grazed acreage, this is all part of Risk Management Purchase Requirements (RMPR).

RMPR is not required on crops that are not of economic significance or those crops where the administrative fee required to buy NAP coverage exceeds 10 percent of the value of the coverage. Producers who are considered socially disadvantaged, limited resource, or beginning farmer or rancher are also exempt from the risk management purchase requirements.

SURE is available to eligible producers in counties with Secretarial disaster declarations, including contiguous counties, which have incurred at least a 10 percent crop production or quality loss, or both, on all crops grown by a producer nationwide. Although none of our counties were considered secretarial disaster counties for 2010, producers can still qualify for the 2010 SURE program, if the actual production on the farm is 50 percent or less than normal production of the farm.

Additional information on disaster programs may be found at http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov or by contacting your local County FSA Office.

Sign-up for any 2011 crop losses will be accepted in the fall of 2012 when the 2011 farm revenue data required by statute becomes available.

To complete an application for the 2010 SURE program, contact the Crow Wing/Cass Co. FSA office at 829-5965, Ext. 2 or the Aitkin/Itasca Co. FSA office at (218) 927-2912, Ext. 2 for an appointment.

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