Producers now have until Thursday, Sept. 30 to submit an application for payment under the 2008 Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program. SURE provides financial assistance for crop production and or quality losses due to a natural disaster. In making the announcement, USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Jonathan Coppess said it's important to finish the current 2008 SURE program sign-up because the authority for the Recovery Act supplement for payment benefits expires at the end of the current fiscal year.
FSA began accepting and processing 2008 SURE program applications in January 2010 and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 allowed for a one-time increase in the calculation of 2008 SURE payments that are filed by Sept. 30. Producers are encouraged to file an application for 2008 SURE payments regardless of whether they think they qualify.
An electronic SURE program payment calculator and additional information regarding the SURE program is located at the FSA Web site www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/sure or producers can contact their local county FSA office.