End Rows for July 12, 2011

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

SURE program for 2009 crop year

The Supplemental Revenue Assistance (SURE) Program provides assistance to producers who have suffered an overall revenue loss due to disaster conditions.

Because the calculations are based on the national average market price, applications cannot be processed until the end of the crop marketing year.

Therefore, FSA has been processing applications for the 2009 crop year.

To apply, producers must sign the application by July 29, 2011

In order to participate in the SURE program:

--producers must have suffered at least a 10 percent production loss on an economically significant crop physically located in a county with a Secretarial disaster declaration, AND

--Suffered a revenue loss on their farm.

For the SURE program, a "farm" is defined all crops a producer has an interest in.

Saline County received a Secretarial disaster declaration for 2009.

In summary, in 2009, if you experienced at least a 10 percent production loss on at least one crop, and an overall revenue loss for your operation, you may be eligible for compensation from the SURE program, but you must apply by July 29, 2011.

Forms must be mailed to IRS

USDA program participants receiving benefits from programs subject to adjusted gross income (AGI) limitations must submit 2 forms in order to participate.

--The first is an AGI certification (CCC-926). This form is submitted to your local FSA office. The certification is needed from individuals, entities and trusts, along with all their members.

--The second form required for participation must be mailed directly to the IRS. This form allows the USDA and IRS to verify participant's certifications on the CCC-926.

--Individuals submit a CCC-927 to the IRS, while entities submit form CCC-928.

These forms are available at your local FSA office.

County committee elections

The nomination period is now open for FSA County Committee Elections.

In Saline County, LAA 1 is up for election. This includes the townships of Arrow Rock, Cambridge, Clay and Salt Fork Townships, is up for election. This seat is currently held by Edna Durham.

Individuals residing in these townships may nominate themselves or someone else for the County Committee.

FSA is committed to ensuring that County Committees fairly represent all producers. Therefore, we encourage anyone who participates or cooperates in FSA programs to participate in the election process. This could be by nominating someone for the Committee, running for the Committee yourself, or just making sure you vote this fall.

Nominations must be returned to the FSA office, or postmarked by August 1, 2011.

Other deadline reminders

Crop reports due to FSA by July 31

DCP/ACRE contracts -- recommended by July 31

ACRE participants, certify 2010 production by September 1