New bill would improve USDA’s TAP Program
Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House to expand support for specialty crop growers impacted by disasters.
“Whether it’s income limits, we’re making sure that as long as you hit that 75% of your income is farm derived you qualify, covering more damage, having some greater flexibility,” he expands.
Huizenga says the program has the potential to help growers impacted by emerging pests like gall wasps or spotted winged drosophila.
“If we can come up with a varietal that is more pest resistant, it would make sense to shift,” he says. “That hopefully is going to be the case, we’ll be watching that specific example very closely.”
Huizenga is spending part of his August recess meeting with farmers and processors to hear more about their issues.