The USDA Tree Assistance Program (TAP) provides financial assistance to qualifying orchardists and nursery tree growers to replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes and vines damaged by natural disasters occurring on or after Oct. 1, 2011. TAP was authorized by the Agricultural Act of 2014 as a permanent disaster program.
Eligible Tree Types
Eligible trees, bushes and vines are those from which an annual crop is produced for commercial purposes. Nursery trees include ornamental, fruit, nut and Christmas trees produced for commercial sale. Trees used for pulp or timber are ineligible.
To qualify for TAP, orchardists and nursery tree growers must:
- Have suffered qualifying tree, bush or vine losses in excess of 15 percent (adjusted for normal mortality) from an eligible natural disaster for the individual stand;
- Have owned the eligible trees, bushes and vines when the natural disaster occurred, but eligible growers are not required to own the land on which eligible trees, bushes and vines are planted;
- Replace eligible trees, bushes and vines within 12 months from the date the application is approved.
For tree, bush or vine replacement, replanting, and/or rehabilitation, the payment calculation is the lesser of the following:
- 65 percent of the actual cost of replanting, in excess of 15 percent mortality (adjusted for normal mortality), and/or 50 percent of the actual cost of rehabilitation, in excess of 15 percent damage or mortality (adjusted for normal tree damage and mortality) or;
- The maximum eligible amount established for the practice by the USDA Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) Deputy Administrator for Farm Programs.
The cumulative total quantity of acres planted to trees, bushes or vines for which a producer can receive TAP payments cannot exceed 500 acres annually.
Additional information regarding TAP or other USDA programs can be found by visiting a nearby FSA county office or online at fsa.usda.gov.
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