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USDA makes aid available to pecan growers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making additional assistance available for pecan growers to replant and replace trees through the Tree Assistance Program (TAP) as they recover from the damage caused by 2017 weather events.

Funding will be provided through TAP, a program administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA). Up to $15 million is available to eligible pecan orchardists or pecan nursery tree growers for certain mortality losses incurred during 2017.

To qualify for a TAP payment for pecan tree losses, growers and nursery tree growers must have: 1.) planted, or be considered to have planted (by purchase before the loss of existing stock planted for commercial purposes) pecan trees for commercial purposes, or have a production history, for commercial purposes, of planted or existing trees; 2.) suffered a qualifying pecan tree loss in excess of 7.5 percent mortality (after adjustment for normal mortality) from Jan. 1, 2017, through Dec. 31, 2017; and 3.) continuously owned the stand from the time of the disaster until the time that the TAP application is submitted.

For more information about this or other FSA programs, contact your local FSA county office or USDA Service Center.