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USDA offers Assistance to Pennsylvania Producers Affected by Spotted Lanternfly

Friday, September 13, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Cathy Corrigan
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HARRISBURG - The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Pennsylvania announced that orchardists and nursery tree growers who experienced losses from spotted lanternfly infestation are eligible for assistance through the Tree Assistance Program (TAP).

The spotted lanternfly, or Lycorma delicatula, was first detected in Pennsylvania in September 2014. This species presents a significant threat to Pennsylvania agriculture, including the grape, tree-fruit, hardwood and nursery industries, which collectively are worth nearly $18 billion to the state's economy.

TAP provides financial assistance to qualifiying orchardists and nursery tree growers to replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes and vines damaged by natural disasters. Producers who experienced losses have until 90 calendar days after the disaster event or when the loss becomes apparent to submit an application with supporting documentation.

Eligible tree types include trees, bushes or vines that produce an annual crop for commercial purposes. Nursery trees include ornamental, fruit, nut and Christmas trees that are produced for commercial sale. Trees used for pulp or timber are ineligible.

To qualify for TAP, the loss must be in excess of 15 percent mortality (adjusted for normal mortality). Producers must have owned the stand for the time of the disaster until the time that the TAP application is submitted but are not required to the the land on which the stand was planted.

Approved replacement and rehabilitation practices must be competed within 12 moths from the date the application is approved.

For more information about TAP, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/tap or contact your local USDA service center. To find your local office, visit farmers.gov.

Click here for a Fact Sheet on the Tree Assistance Program (TAP)


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