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New Online Resource Links Retired Landowners to Beginning Farmers, Ranchers

A new online resource helps retiring farmers with land in the CRP program meet beginning farmers and ranchers who would like to bring part of the land into  production using sustainable grazing or crop production methods.

A new online resource helps retiring farmers with land in the CRP program meet beginning farmers and ranchers who would like to bring part of the land into production using sustainable grazing or crop production methods.

A new online resource is available to farmers with expiring Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts and beginning farmers interested in obtaining land.

TIP Net is a website sponsored by the USDA Farm Service Agency designed to assist those who are interested in the Transition Incentives Program (TIP). The site serves as a matchmaker to link farmers with expiring CRP contracts to beginning farmers and ranchers who are interested in bringing the land into production.

To qualify for TIP, retired or retiring CRP landowners must sell or lease the 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. TIP provides up to two additional Conservation Reserve Program annual rental payments to the landowner or operator with an expiring CRP contract.

Additional information on FSA farm loan programs is available online at www.fsa.usda.gov or from any FSA office.  TIP Net can be found online here.

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