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FSA announces sign-up for 2011 SURE program

The Farm Service Agency on Friday announced that the sign-up period for the 2011 crop year Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) program will open October 22.

The SURE program is part of the 2008 farm bill, and authorizes assistance to farmers and ranchers who suffered crop losses caused by natural disasters occurring through Sept. 30, 2011.

Farmers and ranchers interested in signing up must do so before the June 7, 2013, deadline.

FSA Administrator Juan Garcia noted in a news release that the SURE program has expired along with other disaster programs, and that production losses due to disasters occurring after Sept. 30, 2011, are not eligible for disaster program coverage.

“Any eligible producer who suffered losses during the 2011 crop year is encouraged to visit a local FSA office to learn more about the SURE program and how to apply,” said Garcia.

The department’s authority to operate the SURE program expired along with four other disaster assistance programs: the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP); the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-Raised Fish (ELAP); the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP); and the Tree Assistance Program (TAP).