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Sign-up for SURE Program under way

Steve Maurer, state executive director for Ohio's Farm Service Agency, announced the sign-up period for the 2011 crop year Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) program has begun. "Any eligible producer who suffered losses during the 2011 crop year is encouraged to visit their local FSA office to learn more about the SURE program and how to apply," said Maurer.

Under the 2008 Farm Bill, SURE authorizes assistance to farmers and producers who suffered crop losses caused by natural disasters occurring through Sept. 30, 2011. All eligible farmers and producers must sign up for 2011 SURE benefits before the June 7, 2013 deadline.

To qualify for a SURE payment, the producer's operation must be located in a county that was declared a disaster for 2011 and have at least a 10 percent production loss that affects one crop of economic significance. Producers with agricultural operations located outside a disaster county are eligible for SURE benefits if they had a production loss greater or equal to 50 percent of the normal production on the farm.

For more information on SURE program eligibility requirements contact your local FSA office or visit the website at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/sure.

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