USDA's Transition Incentives Program is now on line, helping connect retiring farmers who have expiring Conservation Reserve Program contracts with beginning farmers or ranchers who are interested in bringing the land into production. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says interest in TIP during the first six months of implementation has far exceeded expectations. According to Vilsack this tool should make TIP even more effective in facilitating the transition of land to the next generation of farmers.
TIP provides up to two additional Conservation Reserve Program annual rental payments to a retired or retiring owner or operator with an expiring CRP contract. To qualify, the landowner must sell or lease the CRP land to a beginning or socially disadvantaged farmer or rancher so the new operator can convert some or all of the land to production using sustainable grazing or crop production methods.
At the end of November, TIP participation included 372 contracts on more than 52,000 acres, with nearly $5 million obligated for TIP annual rental payments. Additional information on USDA's Transition Incentives Program is available online at www.fsa.usda.gov or from any FSA office.