For Immediate Release
Release No: 04.15.13
Oregon Farm Service Agency
Public Affairs Branch
7620 SW Mohawk St.
Tualatin, OR 97062
Lynn E Voigt 503.692.6830 x222
Lois Loop 503.692.6830 x223
(TUALATIN, OR) April 15, 2013—Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Lynn Voigt announced the sign-up period for the 2011 crop year Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) program ends on June 7, 2013. This disaster assistance program opened on Oct. 22, 2012 and authorizes assistance to farmers and ranchers who suffered crop losses caused by natural disasters occurring through Sept. 30, 2011.
“Producers who suffered losses during the 2011 crop year are encouraged to visit the FSA office to learn more about the SURE program and how to apply,” said Voigt. Production losses due to disasters occurring after Sept. 30, 2011, are not eligible for disaster program coverage.
Note the following requirements for SURE eligibility on a farm or ranch:
At least a 10-percent production loss on a crop of economic significance due to disaster;
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;
Be physically located in a county that was declared a primary disaster county or contiguous disaster county under a USDA Secretarial Disaster Designation. For 2011, Secretarial Disaster Designations were issued for the following Oregon counties: Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Hood River, Jefferson, Malheur, Marion, Morrow, Multnomah, Sherman, Tillamook, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco, Washington, Wheeler, and Yamhill.
For counties without a 2011 Secretarial Disaster Designation, individual producers may be eligible if the farm experienced a 50 percent or greater production loss due to disaster compared to normal production.
A “farm” for SURE purposes means the entirety of all crop acreage in all counties that a producer planted or intended to plant for harvest for normal commercial sale or on-farm livestock feeding, including native and improved grassland intended for haying.
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. For more information on the 2011 SURE program, visit any FSA county office or FSA SURE webpage.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (Toll-free Customer Service), (800) 877-8339 (Local or Federal relay), (866) 377-8642 (Relay voice users).”