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USDA announces SURE enrollment
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Farm Service Agency Administrator Juan Garcia announced recently that the sign-up period for the 2011 crop year Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) program had opened Oct. 22.The SURE program is part of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Farm Bill).Under the 2008 Farm Bill, SURE authorizes assistance to farmers and ranchers who suffered crop losses caused by natural disasters occurring through Sept. 30, 2011. County Executive Director of the DeKalb/Cannon County Farm Service Agency Donny Green said he wants producers to be aware of this signup so they are certain to visit their FSA county office to file a crop year 2011 SURE program payment application no later than June 7, 2013. Since DeKalb/Cannon counties received a disaster designation in 2011, producers who obtained an insurance policy or plan of insurance for all 2011 crops (except grazing crops), or meet waiver provisions as socially disadvantaged, limited resource, or beginning farmers and suffered at least a 10 percent production loss, due to a natural disaster, to at least one crop may be eligible if all other payment conditions are met.Producers considered socially disadvantaged, a beginning farmer or rancher, or a limited resource farmer may be eligible for SURE without a policy or plan of insurance or NAP coverage.