OGLE COUNTY —Ogle County Executive Director, Philip Newendyke, reminds producers that sign-up for the 2011 Disaster Assistance Program SURE is ongoing. Under the 2008 Farm Bill, SURE authorizes assistance to farmers and ranchers who suffered crop losses caused by natural disasters occurring through Sept. 30, 2011. All eligible farmers and ranchers 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 (Ogle County is eligible) 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 the complete article see the 12-27-2012 issue.
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