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2010 SURE payment sign-up announced

AgDM Newsletter
October 2011

If you think you’re eligible for USDA's 2010 Supplement Revenue (SURE) Assistance program payment, sign-up begins Nov. 14, 2011.

SURE provides benefits based on farm revenue losses due to natural disasters. Producers who suffered a production loss in the 2010 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 storms in 2010, 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 2010 SURE payment that were either primary or contiguous counties are:

Primary: Appanoose, Audubon, Clarke, Davis, Decatur, Delaware, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fremont, Guthrie, Hamilton, Henry, Humboldt, Iowa, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Keokuk, Lee, Louisa, Lucas, Madison, Mahaska, Marion, Monroe, Muscatine, Pottawattamie, Ringgold, Scott, Sioux, Story, Taylor, Van Buren, Wapello, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Woodbury andWright.

Contiguous: Adair, Adams, Benton, Boone, Buchanan, Carroll, Cass, Cedar, Cerro Gordo, Cherokee, Clayton, Clinton, Crawford, Dallas, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Hancock, Hardin, Harrison, Ida, Jasper, Jones, Kossuth, Linn, Lyon, Marshall, Mills, Monona, Montgomery, O'Brien, Osceola, Page, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Pocahontas, Polk, Poweshiek, Shelby, Tama, Union, Webster, Winnebago and 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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Steven D. Johnson, farm and ag business management specialist, 515-957-5790, sdjohns@iastate.edu