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.
The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 made several changes to TAP, including the following:
- Removed the program year per-person and legal entity payment ceiling of $125,000.
- Increases the acreage cap; growers may be partly reimbursed for losses on up to 1,000 acres per program year. That’s double the previous acreage.
Payments are made based on the following:
- The lesser of 65% of the actual cost of replanting, in excess of 15% mortality, or
- 50% of the actual cost of rehabilitation, in excess of 15% mortality, or both, 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. Nursery trees include ornamental, fruit, nut, and Christmas trees. Trees used for pulp or timber are not eligible.
You must meet the terms below to qualify:
- Have eligible losses caused by 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 more details, visit the Tree Assistance Program (TAP) page.
You must submit your application to the FSA office that maintains your farm records.
For losses incurred in and after calendar year 2018, you must submit your application within one of the following:
- 90 days of the disaster, or
- 90 days of the date when you find the loss.