Tree Assistance Program
The 2014 Farm Bill authorized the Tree Assistance Program (TAP) to provide financial assistance to eligible orchardists and nursery tree growers to replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes, and vines lost by natural disasters. TAP is administered by the Farm Services Agency (FSA) of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Eligible trees, bushes, and vines are those from which an annual crop is produced for commercial purposes. Nursery trees are also included, as are Christmas trees produced for commercial sale. Forestry trees are ineligible.
To be eligible, trees must have suffered more than a 15 percent mortality loss in a stand due to an eligible natural disaster. The loss must not have been preventable through reasonable and available measures. Loss must be visible and obvious. Eligible producers must have owned the trees during the time of the natural disaster, but do not have to own the land on which they are grown. Replacement must occur within 12 months from TAP application.
This is a very brief overview of the program. For additional information on disaster programs, visit the Farm Service Agency Disaster Assistance Programs website or contact your local FSA office.