FSA is required to determine 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, the producer will be required to identify and certify a crop of economic significance that suffered a qualifying loss of 10 percent or more.

At least one such crop with 10-percent losses on or before Sept. 30, 2011, is required by SURE.
 


“We encourage all producers to read the applicable disaster program fact sheets and visit their local FSA county office. 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 Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) policy     

Application Period:
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



* NOTE: Losses must be due to a weather event that occurs on or before Sept. 30, 2011



Fact sheets for these programs can be found at http://www.fsa.usda.gov; click on Newsroom, then Fact Sheets.  



Additional information regarding the programs is at http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.