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Minnesota U.S. Department of Agriculture-Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers that sign-up for the 2011 Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) began Oct. 22 and ends June 7.

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The SURE program is part of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (Farm Bill). Under the 2008 Farm Bill, SURE authorizes assistance to farmers and ranchers who suffered crop losses caused by natural disasters occurring through Sept. 30, 2011.

Any eligible producer who suffered losses during the 2011 crop year is encouraged to visit a local FSA office to learn more about the SURE program and how to apply.

As of Sept. 30, 2011, the department’s authority to operate the SURE program expired. Production losses due to disasters occurring after Sept. 30, 2011, are not eligible for disaster program coverage.

Farmers and ranchers interested in signing up must do so before the June 7 deadline. For more information on the 2011 SURE program, call the Crow Wing/Cass FSA Office at 218-829-5965 or visit www.fsa.usda.gov/sure.

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