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Disaster Assistance Programs

Tree Assistance Program

USDA Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) 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 Jan. 1, 2008, and before Oct. 1, 2011. TAP was authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill and is funded through the Agricultural Disaster Relief Trust Fund.





Signup Period

Orchardists and nursery tree growers may apply to receive TAP benefits at local FSA county offices beginning May 10, 2010, for losses suffered during calendar years 2008 and 2009, and for losses suffered during Jan. 1, 2010, to May 7, 2010.


Important Dates

The following table provides the final dates to submit a TAP application and supporting documentation:


Date of Loss
Final Date to Submit an Application and Supporting Documentation
Calendar Year 2008
July 6, 2010
Calendar Year 2009
July 6, 2010
Jan. 1, 2010 to May 7, 2010
July 6, 2010
May 8, 2010 to Sept. 30, 2011
Within 90 calendar days from the later of the disaster event or the date when the loss of trees, bushes or vines is apparent.

Payment Calculations

For tree, bush or vine replacement including replanting and the cost of seedlings, the payment calculation is the lesser of the following:

  • 70 percent of the actual cost of the practice, or

  • the amount calculated for each practice using the established rates.

  • For salvaging existing trees, bushes or vines—including the costs of pruning, removal, or other costs—the payment calculation is the lesser of the following:

  • 50 percent of the actual cost of the practice, or

  • the amount calculated for each practice using the established rates.



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.

Eligible Producers

To qualify for TAP, orchardists and nursery tree growers must:

  • Suffer 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; however, 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.


Applying for Tree Assistance Program (TAP) Payments


The steps for a producer to obtain a TAP payment are as follows:
Step 1
File an application (FSA-899) at the FSA administrative county office that maintains the producer’s farm records for the agricultural operation, within the time period(s) specified above. A complete application includes the following:
- Risk Management Purchase Requirement (RMPR) has been met on all crops on the farm
- completed application form (FSA-899)
- acreage report for the farming operation
- a written estimate of the number of trees, bushes, or vines lost or damaged that is certified by the producer or a qualified expert, including the number of acres on which the loss occurred; and
- sufficient evidence of the loss to allow the county FSA committee to calculate whether an eligible loss occurred.
Step 2
FSA staff will make a field visit and validate which practices are appropriate to address the losses. After verification, FSA will inform the producer of the approved eligible practices and estimated payment.
Additional information may be requested to assist FSA representative in making its determination.
Step 3
Producer must complete the approved practices within 12 months of FSA approval. Payments will be made after the practices are completed on the stand.
Producers that suffer multiple losses during the calendar year may file multiple applications for payment.


For further information, please contact your Local FSA Office



Last Modified: 05/09/14 12:27:32 PM

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