The USDAFarm Service Agency announces that the crop program payment calculator is available to help you determine benefits through the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) program. To be eligible, a 10% production loss on a “crop of economic significance” must have been sustained. Growers must also have either federal crop insurance or be enrolled in the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP).

Created by the 2008 Farm Bill, the Agricultural Disaster Relief Trust Fund finances five separate programs that comprehensively address agricultural disasters, including the SURE program.

SURE provides assistance to producers who suffered qualifying crop production or quality losses due to disaster, adverse weather or other environmental conditions beginning with the 2008 crop year and ending with losses incurred on or before Sept. 30, 2011.

The SURE program helps mitigate the threats of lower-than-expected yields and prices by providing a revenue guarantee for producers’ total farming interest in combination with Federal crop insurance.