FSA Disaster Program 2009 crop loss documentation required

Producers who plan to participate in the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program (SURE) for the 2009 production year must provide documentation of crop losses.

Acceptable documentation may include warehouse receipts, crop adjuster documentation or other records that verify 2009 quality and quantity crop losses. Please remember, all crops of economic significance had to carry crop insurance or a NAP policy to even be considered for the SURE program for 2009, if not then a request for Equitable Relief could be made.

Due to the cool weather during this year’s growing season, there have been significantly low test weights in corn and other commodities. Producers need to be aware of the quantity and quality documentation requirements for the SURE program.

The potential for low yields and low quality means that the use of FSA’s measurement service may be necessary for producers that cannot obtain other forms of verifiable evidence of test weight, moisture or total quantities produced.

Producers do have the option of certifying the production, but under certification procedures, losses will be limited to the County Committee established loss limits. Quality losses cannot be certified under the SURE program, thus verifiable documentation is required if producers seek quality adjustment to their production.

If a producer does not have verifiable documentation for 2009 production, a measurement service can be performed by the county FSA office at the request of the producer. An initial charge of $46 will be assessed for the measurement service with an additional charge of $8 per each additional 30 minutes over the initial hour.

Producers that feed their corn or that have crop insurance appraisals that do not show test weight can use FSA’s measurement services to provide the required documentation of production and quality. To be considered acceptable to FSA, tests on 2009 stored commodities or forages must be performed before Jan. 1, 2010.

For those producers that market the commodities, items such as sales receipts or warehouse scale tickets that show test weight may be considered verifiable and may be acceptable for quality loss adjustments under the SURE program.

Under the SURE program, the entire production of the crop, by crop type and intended use, must average a quality loss. This average in quality loss must meet or exceed the quality loss established by the FSA County Committee for the crop in the given crop year. If the entire crop meets or exceeds the quality loss established by the County Committee, the producer can certify that the established quality loss and the adjustment can be made to any SURE benefits.

SURE payments are available to producers on farms that are located in a county covered by a qualifying natural disaster USDA Secretarial declaration or a contiguous county; or the actual production is less than 50 percent of the normal production. In 2008, 64 counties in Wisconsin had a Secretarial declaration or were contiguous to a declared county.

At this time, the sign-up dates for the 2008 crop year SURE Program have not been announced. Producers should watch for new releases regarding the formal sign-ups or watch for further information on the www.fsa.usda.gov/wi Web site.

Producers interested in requesting a measurement service or acquiring additional information regarding SURE can contact the Sheboygan County FSA office at (920) 467-9917 ext. 2.

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