2011 SURE payment sign-up begins October 22nd, 2012

Contributed by Steve Johnson, Extension Farm Management Field Specialist, sdjohns@iastate.edu.

If you think you’re eligible for USDA’s 2011 Supplement Revenue (SURE) Assistance program payment, sign-up begins October 22, 2012.

SURE provides benefits based on farm revenue losses due to natural disasters. Producers who suffered a production loss in the 2011 crop year are encouraged to visit their local FSA office to learn more about the SURE program and how to apply.

The SURE program covers crop losses incurred from disasters in 2011, the amount not covered by crop insurance.

A farm or ranch must have:

1) at least a 10 percent production loss on a crop of economic significance
2) insured all economically significant crops
3) 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 percent of the normal farm production, due to a natural disaster.

In Iowa, eligible counties for the potential 2011 SURE payment that were either primary or contiguous counties are:

Primary: Clarke, Davis, Decatur, Fremont, Harrison, Henry, Jefferson, Jones, Keokuk, Lee, Linn, Louisa, Lucas, Mahaska, Marshall, Mills, Mitchell, Monona, Monroe, Montgomery, Page, Polk, Pottawattamie, Tama, Taylor, Van Buren, Wapello, Washington, Wayne, Woodbury

Contiguous: Adams, Appanoose, Benton, Black Hawk, Boone, Buchanan, Cass, Cedar, Cerro Gordo, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Clinton, Crawford, Dallas, Delaware, Des Moines, Dubuque, Floyd, Grundy, Hardin, Howard, Ida, Iowa, Jackson, Jasper, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Muscatine, Plymouth, Poweshiek, Ringgold, Scott, Shelby, Story, Union, Warren, Worth

More on SURE is available in AgDM Information File A1-44, including information on counties designated as disaster counties in 2011. If you have specific questions or need details regarding USDA farm programs including SURE, contact your local USDA Farm Service Agency office. Get news and information about SURE and other USDA programs at www.fsa.usda.gov.

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