Mike McDonald, executive director of the Clay County Farm Service Agency, announced that orchardists and nursery tree growers who experienced losses from natural disasters that occurred from Jan. 1, 2008, through Sept. 30, 2011, could still be eligible for the Tree Assistance Program (TAP).
“Producers who experienced a loss from a natural disaster that occurred before Sept. 30, 2011, must report the loss within 90 calendar days of when the loss was first apparent,” said McDonald. “The applicant must provide evidence to FSA of when the loss is first apparent. The local county committee will determine if the evidence supports that the loss occurred from an eligible disaster and was reported timely,” he said.
To qualify for TAP, orchardists must suffer a qualifying tree loss in excess of 15 percent mortality from an eligible natural disaster. The eligible trees must have been owned when the natural disaster occurred; however, eligible growers are not required to own the land on which the eligible trees were planted.
If the TAP application is approved, the eligible trees must be replaced within 12 months from the date the application is approved.
For more information about TAP, contact the Clay County FSA office at (940) 538-4591 or visit www.fsa.usda.gov/tx.