Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program (SURE) Program is authorized by the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (Farm Bill) to provide assistance to producers suffering crop losses due to natural disasters. SURE is available for crop losses due to natural disasters occurring through Sept. 30, 2011.
Brown County is contiguous to a Secretarially declared disaster County for 2011, thus qualifying Brown County producers for SURE benefits. To receive SURE payments, an eligible producer must have a qualifying crop loss for the 2011-crop year.
Some things to consider:
- Losses are determined on total farm revenue. A farm refers to all crop acreage in all counties that are planted or intended to be planted. A loss on one crop may not ensure a SURE payment if other crops on the “farm” attain normal yields or greater for the applicable crop year (2011).
- Losses are calculated based upon multi-peril crop insurance (MPCI) information. The calculation includes not only yield data but farm revenue data as well (e.g., MPCI indemnity payment, government program payments, etc.). Generally speaking, however, if an MPCI loss indemnity was paid, an application for SURE benefits should be filed.
- Applications may be filed for 2011-crops only. The application period is October 22, 2012, and runs through Jun 7, 2013.
- Fruit and vegetable crops, such as sweet corn and green peas, are not eligible for SURE benefits.
- The Brown County FSA Office is currently accepting applictions for this program. The application process is rather involved, as MPCI data must be imported as part of the process. Applicants may call to begin an application by calling 507-794-7997. The application process will be two-fold, as once the MPCI data is imported, and a loss situation is determined, the application must be signed by the producer.