September 2010
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Farm Service Agency Announces SURE Program Deadline

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) has announced producers have until Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, to submit an application for payment under the 2008 Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) Program. SURE provides financial assistance for crop production and/or quality losses due to a natural disaster.

According to FSA, it’s important to finish the current 2008 SURE program sign-up because the authority for the Recovery Act supplement for payment benefits expires at the end of the current fiscal year and USDA will then start the 2009 SURE Program sign-up application process.

FSA began accepting and processing 2008 SURE Program applications in January 2010, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) allowed for a one-time increase in the calculation of 2008 SURE payments filed by Sept. 30, 2010. Producers who do not file a 2008 SURE Program application by Sept. 30, 2010, will not be considered eligible for the 2008 SURE Program.

Producers are encouraged to file an application for the 2008 SURE Program regardless of whether they think they may or may not qualify. An electronic SURE Program calculator and additional information regarding the SURE Program is located at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/sure or producers can contact their local county FSA office.