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Program Description

The Tree Assistance Program (TAP) provides payments to qualifying orchardists and nursery tree growers after a natural disaster. The funds may help you replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes, and vines damaged by the disaster.

Payments are made based on the following:

  • The lesser of 65% of the actual cost of replanting, in excess of 15% mortality. (Adjusted for normal mortality.) Or
  • Where it applies, 50% of the actual cost of rehabilitation, in excess of 15% damage or mortality or both. (Adjusted for normal tree damage and mortality.) Or
  • The maximum eligible amount allowed for the practice by FSA.

General Program Requirements

Eligible trees, bushes, and vines are those that produce an annual commercial crop. The crop may include nursery, ornamental, fruit, nut, and Christmas trees. Trees used for pulp or timber are not eligible.

Eligible losses and producers must meet the terms below to qualify:

  • Have eligible losses caused by eligible natural disaster.
  • Have a mortality loss or damage in excess of 15% after adjustment for normal mortality or damage.
  • Have been unable to prevent the loss through any reasonable measures.
  • Owned the eligible trees, bushes, and vines at the time of the disaster, and
  • Must replace trees, bushes, and vines within 12 months from the application approval date.

For full details, visit the Tree Assistance Program (TAP) page.

Application Process

You must apply to the FSA office that maintains your farm records.

For losses occurring on or after January 1, 2017, there is no payment limitation for TAP. But individuals or entities with an average Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) exceeding $900,000 that applies are not eligible for TAP payments.

You must apply within one of the following limits:

  • 90 days of the disaster, or
  • 90 days of the date when you find the loss.
Last Updated: 09/11/2019