USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) has a new Web-based tool to help farmers who suffered losses during the 2008 crop season. The new tool is aimed at those who are trying to determine what kind of benefits they could receive under the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments program (SURE).
The calculator collects information about planted acreage, actual production, insurance coverage data and other federal disaster payments to determine SURE benefits. This online tool will only help determine what you may qualify for under SURE—you still have to go to your FSA office to file an application.
To check out the tool, go to www.fsa.usda.gov/sure
. Click on the link "Access the SURE Producer Calculator Version 1.0a” to download the file; you'll need to have Microsoft Excel software.