USDA reminds producers about upcoming deadlines for disaster assistance programs. Bruce Nelson, Farm Service Agency administrator, stresses that losses must be the result of a weather event occurring on or before Sept. 30, 2011.
"This year brought a host of extreme weather challenges for America's farmers, ranchers and producers," says Nelson. "This year, especially, it's important for producers to be aware of program deadlines and to have their records in order so that they get the assistance they need."
The 2008 Farm Bill authorizes coverage of disaster losses through these five programs:
Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program (SURE);
Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP);
Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-Raised Fish (ELAP);
Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP); and the
Tree Assistance Program (TAP).
SURE applications for 2010 crop losses will be accepted later this fall. SURE applications for 2011 crop losses will be accepted in the fall of 2012, when the 2011 farm revenue data required by statute becomes available.
FSA is required to determine that the claimed loss was because of a disaster occurring on or before Sept. 30, 2011. FSA must determine if a qualifying loss meets the established disaster relief criteria for at least one crop.
At the time the SURE application for payment is filed, a producer will be required to identify and certify a crop of economic significance that suffered a qualifying loss of 10% or more. At least one such crop with 10% losses on or before Sept. 30, 2011, is required by SURE.
Producers should visit their local FSA county office for assistance. The staff can provide additional information such as the deadline for filing a program application or the initial requirement for filing a notice of loss," Nelson said.
Important dates for the five disaster programs are summarized below.
SURE: deadline to File a Notice of Loss: No deadline for SURE, but check with your crop insurance or Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) policy application period, which are—2009, closed; 2010, begins fall 2011; 2011, begins fall 2012.
LFP: deadline to File a Notice of Loss: not applicable. Application period: Now through Jan. 30, 2012.
LIP/ELAP: deadline to File a Notice of Loss: Within 30 days of when the loss is apparent, but no later than Dec. 29, 2011. Application period: Now through Jan. 30, 2012.
TAP: deadline to File a Notice of Loss: not applicable. Application period: Within 90 days of when loss is apparent.
Fact sheets for these programs can be found at www.fsa.usda.gov. Click on Newsroom, then Fact Sheets. Additional information regarding the programs is at http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.