|FSA Scoop...CRP signup is Aug. 27|
Producers interested in offering land in an effort to protect millions of acres of topsoil from erosion and improve the nation’s natural resources, have until Friday, Aug. 27, to sign up for the Conservation Reserve Program.
Producers who enroll during the CRP general sign-up period will be expected to plant long-term, resource-conserving covers in exchange for rental payments, cost-share and technical assistance.
Those interested need to call the office at 352-4747 before close of business on the 27th.
Transition Incentives Program (TIP)–a new program under the Conservation Title of the 2008 Farm Bill–to encourage retired or retiring owners or operators to transition their land to beginning or socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers.
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. 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 to a family member.
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 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 Oct. 1 of the year the CRP contract expires.
Supporting local economies and providing opportunities for beginning or socially disadvantaged Americans with a desire to farm or ranch is one of the many ways the Obama Administration and USDA are working to rebuild and revitalize rural America.
To learn more about this program, please contact the office or go on-line www.fsa.usda.gov.
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