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THE SIGN-UP PERIOD FOR THE 2011 CROP YEAR SUPPLEMENTAL REVENUE ASSISTANCE PAYMENTS (SURE) PROGRAM WILL OPEN MONDAY. 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 SEPTEMBER. 30, 2011.  AS OF SEPTEMBER. 30, 2011, THE DEPARTMENT’S AUTHORITY TO OPERATE THE SURE PROGRAM EXPIRED ALONG WITH FOUR OTHER, IMPORTANT DISASTER ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS: THE LIVESTOCK INDEMNITY PROGRAM, THE EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FOR LIVESTOCK, HONEY BEES, AND FARM-RAISED FISH; THE LIVESTOCK FORAGE DISASTER PROGRAM; AND THE TREE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. PRODUCTION LOSSES DUE TO DISASTERS OCCURRING AFTER SEPT. 30, 2011, ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR DISASTER PROGRAM COVERAGE. TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR SURE, A FARM OR RANCH MUST HAVE AT LEAST A 10-PERCENT PRODUCTION LOSS ON A CROP OF ECONOMIC SIGNIFICANCE; A POLICY OR PLAN OF INSURANCE UNDER THE FEDERAL CROP INSURANCE ACT OR THE NONINSURED CROP DISASTER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR ALL ECONOMICALLY SIGNIFICANT CROPS; BEEN PHYSICALLY LOCATED IN A COUNTY THAT WAS DECLARED A PRIMARY DISASTER COUNTY OR CONTIGUOUS COUNTY BY THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE UNDER A SECRETARIAL DISASTER DESIGNATION. FARMERS AND RANCHERS INTERESTED IN SIGNING UP MUST DO SO BEFORE THE JUNE 7, 2013 DEADLINE.  FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE 2011 SURE PROGRAM, VISIT ANY FSA COUNTY OFFICE