Aid for orchardists, nursery tree growers

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Posted: May 18, 2010 5:18 AM by Andrea Fontenot
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: orchard, nursery, tree, growers, help, replant, rehabilitate, bushes, vines damage, natural disasters, Agriculture Commissioner, Mike Strain, USDA Farm Service Agency, Tree Assistance Program, pruning, removal, salvaging

Orchardists and nursery tree growers can now apply for help to replant or rehabilitate trees, bushes and vines damaged or destroyed by natural disasters.

Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says the benefits are part of the USDA Farm Service Agency's Tree Assistance Program, which covers up to 70 percent of replant costs and 50 percent of pruning,
removal and other salvaging costs.

Eligible losses, including Christmas tree and nursery tree growers, must have occurred on or after Jan. 1, 2008, and before Oct. 1, 2011.

In addition, producers must have suffered more than a 15 percent death loss due to the natural disaster in addition to normal mortality.

Trees grown for pulp or timber or not grown for commercial purposes are not eligible.

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