Eligible producers who suffered losses during the 2010 crop year are encouraged to visit their local FSA office to learn more about the SURE program and how to apply.  Farmers may begin signing up now for 2010 crop losses under the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) program.


Eligible producers who suffered losses during the 2010 crop year are encouraged to visit their local FSA office to learn more about the SURE program and how to apply.  Farmers may begin signing up now for 2010 crop losses under the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) program.

The 2008 Farm Bill did authorize five disaster assistance programs: SURE; the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP); the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-Raised Fish (ELAP); the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP); and the Tree Assistance Program (TAP).

As noted above, sign-up for 2010 crop losses under the SURE program has begun.  Sign-up for 2011 crop losses will be accepted in the fall of 2012, when the 2011 farm revenue data required by statute becomes available.  Sign-up is currently underway for 2011 losses for LFP, LIP, ELAP and TAP.  Sign-up ends January 30, 2012, for LFP, LIP, and ELAP.  Producers have 90 days from the time a loss is apparent to file an application for TAP.

A change from previous years is the sign-up for the 2012 Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program (DCP) and the Average Crop Revenue Election Program (ACRE) will not begin until January 23, 2012.  Because the 2008 Farm Bill did not authorize advance direct payments for 2012, the 2012 DCP and ACRE sign-up was delayed.