The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency has launched a financial aid program for commercial orchardists who lost trees to natural disasters.


This also includes producers with citrus groves.


To be eligible, the tree loss must be greater than 18 percent, according to a news release.


Natural disasters include plant disease, insect infestation, drought, fire, freeze, flood, lightning or other occurrences that the FSA considers disasters.


TAP, or Tree Assistance Program as it is called, will reimburse growers for up to 70 percent of replant costs if you choose to put in new trees and 50 percent of pruning, removal and other salvaging costs.


The losses must have occurred after Jan. 1, 2008, and before Oct. 1, 2011.


Sign-up deadlines vary, depending on the year of the loss.


For more information, contact your county FSA office or visit www.fsa.usda.gov.