(DES MOINES) John R Whitaker, State Executive Director of USDA’s Iowa Farm Service Agency announced that disaster assistance under FSA’s Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program or SURE program begins on October 22, 2012.
To be eligible for SURE a farm or ranch must have:
*At least a 10 percent production loss on a crop of economic significance
*Insured all economically significant crops
*Been physically located in a county that was declared a primary disaster country or contiguous county by the Secretary of Agriculture under a Secretarial Designation. Without a Secretarial disaster Designation, individual producers may be eligible in the actual production on the farm is less than 50 percent of the normal production on the farm due to a natural disaster.
To meet program eligibility requirements, producers must have obtained a policy or plan of insurance for all insurable crops through the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation and obtained Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage on non-insurable crops, if available, from FSA. Eligible farmers and ranchers who meet the definition of a socially disadvantaged, limited resource or beginning farmer or rancher do not have to meet this requirement. Forage crops intended for grazing are not eligible for SURE benefits.
Producers considered socially disadvantage, a beginning farmer or rancher, or a limited resource farmer may be eligible for SURE without a policy.
For more information on the SURE program or other disaster assistance programs, please contact your local county FSA office or FSA’s website at http://www.fsa.usda.gov.