South Georgia pecan growers meet FSA’s Tripp
Georgia Farm Service Agency outlines available USDA disaster assistance with Georgia Pecan Growers Association
TIFTON, GA – USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director (SED), Arthur Tripp, recently visited with members of the Georgia Pecan Growers Association at their Fall Field Day in Tifton to discuss programs FSA offers pecan growers in the event of a natural disaster, including the Tree Assistance Program (TAP) and the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP).
“Our visit with members of the Georgia Pecan Growers Association was instrumental in our mission to inform producers across Georgia about programs FSA offers to help producers recover from natural disaster events,” said Tripp. “It is vitally important to proactively equip our pecan growers with information and resources to ensure their continued success and invaluable contributions to the Georgia agriculture industry.”
The Tree Assistance Program is one way the USDA aids pecan growers in the event of a natural disaster. TAP provides financial assistance to eligible orchardists and nursery tree growers to replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes and vines lost by natural disasters. Eligible trees, bushes, and vines are those from which an annual crop is produced for commercial purposes. To qualify for TAP, eligible orchardists and nursery tree growers must have suffered a qualifying tree, bush, or vine loss exceeding 15 percent mortality due to an eligible natural disaster.
Additionally, FSA offers pecan growers risk management coverage through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program. NAP provides financial assistance to producers of non-insurable crops to protect against the impacts of natural disasters that result in lower yields or crop losses or prevents crop planting. An eligible cause of loss to qualify for NAP includes damaging weather, such as drought, freeze, hail, excessive moisture, excessive wind, or hurricanes; adverse natural occurrences, such as earthquake or flood; and conditions related to damaging weather or adverse natural occurrences, such as excessive heat, plant disease, or insect infestation.