Almond growers with orchard blocks that suffer loss or damage in excess of 15% as a result of a natural disaster, such as a drought, are eligible for financial assistance under the 2014 Farm Bill Tree Assistance Program (TAP), according to the Almond Board of California. Nursery trees are also eligible.
The 2014 Farm Bill makes TAP a permanent disaster program and provides retroactive authority to cover eligible losses back to Oct. 1, 2011. TAP is administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) of USDA.
To be eligible, the loss could not have been prevented through reasonable and available measures and must be visible and obvious to the FSA representative. To qualify, orchardists and nursery tree growers must have owned the eligible trees when the natural disaster occurred, but are not required to own the land on which eligible trees are planted. Trees must be replaced within 12 months from the date the application is approved.
A fact sheet is available to explain additional requirements and limitations, and how to apply for TAP financial assistance.
Source: Almond Board of California