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USDA offers relief to area farmers

August 22. 2013 10:49PM
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LIMAThe U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency in Lima is urging Allen County area farmers who suffered losses from natural disasters last season to apply for federal relief.The Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program — SURE, for short — pays benefits for revenue lost to natural disasters during crop year 2010 — those occurring through Sept. 30, 2011. Authorized by a provision in the 2008 federal Farm Bill, SURE payments are available to eligible producers in counties with disaster declarations that have incurred a 10 percent or greater loss in crop volume or quality.To be eligible, a producer must have obtained a policy or plan of insurance for all crops through the Federal Crop Insurance Corp. and obtained Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program coverage, if available, from the Farm Service Agency. Eligible farmers who meet the definition of “socially disadvantaged,” “limited resource” or “beginning farmer” do not have to meet this requirement.For information, contact the FSA office at 3900 Campus Drive, Suite A, Lima; phone 419-223-0020; or go online to

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