USDA – FSA Now Offers Assistance from Losses due to Pistachio Bushy Top Syndrome
Due to the diligent work over the last year from American Pistachio Growers (APG) and the California Congressional Delegation, this critically needed assistance program for affected growers of Pistachio Bushy Top Syndrome will officially begin accepting applications October 15, 2018.
This is a significant victory for our industry and it was accomplished through the perseverance of APG and our ongoing federal lobbying effort.
The USDA California Farm Service Agency State Committee has approved Pistachio Bushy Top Syndrome under the Tree Assistance Program (TAP). Pistachio tree producers who incurred pistachio tree losses due to Pistachio Bushy Top Syndrome (PBTS) will be able to sign-up under the Tree Assistance Program.
The signup period for PBTS will begin October 15, 2018. The deadline to apply for losses that occurred on or after Oct 1, 2011 to December 31, 2016 is December 15, 2018. Producers with tree losses due to PBTS on or after January 1, 2017 may also apply beginning October 15, 2018. The deadline for losses that occurred after January 1, 2017 has not yet been set. Producers applying for losses due to PBTS must adhere to all TAP eligibility requirements.
TAP was authorized by the Agricultural Act of 2014 as a permanent disaster program. TAP provides cost-share financial assistance to qualifying orchardists and nursery tree growers to replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes and vines damaged by natural disasters or plant disease which now includes Pistachio Bushy Top Syndrome.
- To qualify for TAP:
The orchardists must suffer a qualifying tree loss in excess of 15 percent mortality from PBTS, plus an adjustment for normal mortality (3%).
The eligible trees must have been owned when the PBTS occurred; however, eligible growers are not required to own the land on which the eligible trees were planted.
The owner must provide evidence that trees existed and were lost due to PBTS.
Receipts must be provided for actual expenses associated with removal, purchase and planting of trees.
An individual or entity’s average Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) cannot exceed $900,000
Other program and payment eligibility may apply
If the TAP application is approved, the eligible trees must be replaced within 12 months from the date the application is approved.
More Information on the TAP Program: