Colleen Cashell, executive director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Washington County, reminds eligible producers that the sign-up period for the 2009 crop year Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments program has opened and runs through July 29.
It is one of five disaster programs included in the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Farm Bill) that provides assistance to farmers and ranchers who have suffered losses in revenue due to natural disasters.
A farm is eligible for the program when either:
- At least a 10 percent production loss on a crop of economic significance
- A policy or plan of insurance under the Federal Crop Insurance Act or the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) for all economically significant crops
- In a county that was declared a primary disaster county or contiguous county by the agriculture secretary under a Secretarial Disaster Designation. Without the designation, individual producers might be eligible if the actual crop production on the farm is less than 50 percent of the normal production on the farm due to a natural disaster.
Producers considered socially disadvantaged, a beginning farmer or rancher, or a limited resource farmer might be eligible for SURE without a policy or plan of insurance or NAP coverage.
For more information on the program, visit the local USDA Service Center. In Washington County, it is at 1260 Maryland Ave., Suite 107, Hagerstown. The website is www.fsa.usda.gov/sure.