The following is a press release from the Montana FSA:
Montana agriculture producers with production and quality losses caused by natural disasters during the 2009 crop year may be eligible for the 2009 crop disaster Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) Program. Producers are urged to contact their FSA county office prior to the July 29th signup deadline, USDA Montana Farm Service Agency Acting State Executive Director Richard “Dick” Deschamps said today.
“All Montana producers who experienced crop production and/or crop quality losses in 2009 must apply for SURE program benefits by the July 29th deadline,” Deschamps said. “There are no late filed provisions available to producers. 2009 was a big year for disaster affected crops that trigger the SURE program in our state with all but three Montana counties designated as a primary or contiguous disaster county. We have paid out more than $35 million to date with more than three weeks left with the 2009 SURE program signup. For the 2008 crop year FSA paid over $41 million statewide.”
To meet program eligibility requirements, the farming operation must be physically located in a county that was declared a primary or contiguous disaster county by the Secretary of Agriculture under a 2009 Secretarial Disaster Designation. Producers located in designated disaster counties must have suffered at least a 10 percent loss on a crop of economic significance and purchased crop insurance through the Federal Crop Insurance Act or the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP).
In 2009, every county in Montana except for Carter, Fallon and Powell was designated as a primary or contiguous.
A farm operation located in the three counties that did not receive a primary or contiguous disaster designation can still qualify for SURE benefits if the actual farm production was less than 50 percent of the normal production on the farm due to the a qualifying disaster event.
Producers and legal entities collectively cannot, directly or indirectly, receive more than $100,000 in benefits from SURE, Livestock Forage Program (LFP), Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP), and Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-raised Fish (ELAP).
Producers or legal entities, whose nonfarm income is more than $500,000, are not eligible for SURE program payments. For questions regarding the SURE program, please contact the local county FSA office.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice), or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).
Source: Montana FSA
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