Freeze damage compensation available
Federal help is available for Washington State orchardists, vineyardists, or nurseries that suffered damage in last November’s freeze, which was among the worst on record.
Growers must have had a policy or insurance plan under the Federal Crop Insurance Act or a Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program policy from the Farm Services Agency to be eligible and must have lost more than 15 percent of their trees or vines. The Tree Assistance Program can cover up to 70 percent of replanting costs for up to 500 acres of trees or vines, according to information from Judy Olson, Farm Services Agency executive director in Washington State.
Growers should apply to their local FSA office within 90 days of when their tree or vine losses became apparent.