“Ensuring that our nation’s land is returned to production using sustainable methods is critical not only for our future food supply, but also for the economic future of our rural communities“, Simon said. Access to land is one of the greatest challenges faced by new farmers. The Transition Incentives Program is one more tool in the USDA toolkit to protect family farms and support beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers.
If all program requirements are met, TIP provides annual rental payments to the retiring farmer for up to two additional years after the date of the expiration of the CRP contract, provided the transition is not a family member. To learn more about the program, producers interested in applying and participating in TIP should visit their local USDA Service Center or FSA Parish Office or HYPERLINK “http://www.fsa.usda.gov” www.fsa.usda.gov.
To be eligible, TIP requires that the retired or retiring farmer or rancher:
Have land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) that is in the last year of the contract
Agree to allow the beginning or socially disadvantaged farmer or rancher to make conservation and land improvements.
Agree to sell, or have a contract to sell, or agree to long-term lease (a minimum of 5 years) the land under CRP contract to a beginning or socially disadvantaged farmer or rancher by October 1 of the year the CRP contract expires.