|SURE eligibility is outlined for farmers|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
FSA has received clarification on situations when a crop is planted following the failure of the first crop. To avoid eligibility concerns for the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payment Program (SURE), FSA is sharing this clarification with producers and their crop insurance agents.
To maintain eligibility for SURE, producers must obtain insurance coverage or Noninsured Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage on all crops. As many 2011 wheat acreages have marginal production potential, producers may be requesting to destroy the insured wheat acreage to plant a subsequent crop.
To maintain SURE eligibility, the second crop must be either insured or covered by NAP. This may require the producer to make elections as to which crop they wish 100 percent coverage on.
The only exception to needing crop insurance is if the subsequent crop can be considered De Minimus. For insurable crops, a crop may be considered De Minimus if it did not contribute or was not expected to contribute five percent or more of the total expected value of all crops grown by the producer.
A SURE “farm” includes all acreages of all crops in which the producer has an interest. This includes crops in other states and counties. Consequently, a decision made in one county may affect eligibility in a separate county.
If producers have any questions regarding this information they should call the Farm Service Agency at 854-2812 ext. 2.