“The SURE program compensates producers for production and/or quality losses during times of disaster,” said Pruski. “All producers who have experienced crop production and/or crop quality losses must apply for SURE program benefits by the July 29th deadline,” he said.
To meet program eligibility requirements, the farming operation must be physically located in a county that was declared a primary or contiguous disaster county by the Secretary of Agriculture under a 2009 Secretarial Disaster Designation.
Producers located in designated disaster counties must have suffered at least a 10 percent loss on a crop of economic significance and purchased crop insurance through the Federal Crop Insurance Act or the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP).
However, an operation located in a county that did not receive a primary or contiguous disaster designation, can still qualify for SURE benefits if the actual farm production was less than 50 percent of the normal production on the farm due to a qualifying disaster event.
Producers and legal entities collectively cannot, directly or indirectly, receive more than $100,000 in SURE and other FSA disaster assistance payments. FSA disaster programs include SURE, Livestock Forage Program (LFP), Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP), and Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-raised Fish (ELAP).
Producers or legal entities, whose nonfarm income is more than $500,000, are not eligible for SURE program payments.
For questions regarding the SURE program, please contact the Live Oak/McMullen County FSA office at 361-449-2241, ext. 2.