Operation FarmSafe 2013, Successful Farming Grant
Apply for a Grant: Prevention pays for farmers who schedule routine safety maneuvers. Operation FarmSafe offers an opportunity to receive a free Certified Safe Farm (CSF) review, as well as a $2,500 grant to make improvements indicated by the review. The farm's CSF score is confidential, and there's no regulatory agency involved.
To apply, send a one-page application by April 30 with:
1. A brief description of your operation and family members working with you.
2. An explanation of how you and your family would benefit from a review/grant. Nationwide Agribusiness Insurance is funding four grants. Recipients will be notified in mid-May and will need to make an appointment with a CSF reviewer to visit their farm in June. Specified work must be done by August 1, when a Successful Farming editor and photographer will visit.
Mail entries to:
Successful Farming Magazine
1716 Locust Street/LS257
Des Moines, IA 50309-3023
Or enter online at: agriculture.com/OperationFarmSafe
USDA Announces SURE Sign-up for 2011 Losses
USDA's Farm Service Agency has announced that the sign-up period for the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program (SURE) for losses in 2011 will open on Oct. 22, 2012. Interested farmers should contact their county FSA office.
SURE was one of the disaster assistance programs created in the 2008 Farm Bill to provide assistance to farmers who suffered crop losses caused by natural disasters. Because this program expired on Sept. 30, 2011, the losses for the 2011 crop year must have occurred on or before Sept. 30; losses after that date are not eligible.
To be eligible for SURE, a farm 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 (NAP) for all economically significant crops. Producers considered socially disadvantaged, a beginning farmer or rancher, or a limited resource farmer may be eligible for SURE without a policy or plan of insurance or NAP coverage.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. Without a Secretarial Disaster Designation, individual producers may be eligible if the actual production on the farm is less than 50 percent of the normal production on the farm due to a natural disaster.
A "farm" for SURE purposes means the entirety of all crop acreage in all counties that a producer planted or intended to be planted for harvest for normal commercial sale or on-farm livestock feeding, including native and improved grassland intended for haying.
Farmers 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 or the FSA website.
For questions on the information contained in this FB Alert, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call NYFB's Public Policy Department at 1-800-342-4143