USDA outlines SURE eligibility requirements for 2011, 2012 crops

Posted Sept. 12, 2011, at 1:13 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — Waldo County USDA Farm Service Agency Executive Director CED Maria T. Granger announced that legislative authority for the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments, or SURE, program ends Friday, Sept. 30. Producers must meet specific

eligibility requirements to receive SURE assistance for disasters that occur on or before Sept. 30, and affect fall 2011 and 2012 crops.

Producers can apply for a 2011 or 2012 SURE payment if a crop of economic significance located in a primary or contiguous disaster county under a Secretarial Disaster Designation suffered at least a 10 percent loss because of disaster occurring on or before Sept. 30.

Crops are not required to be harvested on or before Sept. 30 to maintain SURE eligibility. A loss claim will trigger only after the agency determines that the loss was because of disaster occurring on or before Sept. 30. Losses that result from disasters that occur after that date will not be eligible for SURE benefits.

For more information, call the Waldo County agency office at 338-1964, ext. 2.

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