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USDA offers link to help farmers obtain expiring CRP land

Staff reports

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has established an online tool that can link retiring farmers who have expiring Conservation Reserve Program contracts with beginning farmers or ranchers who are interested in bringing the land into production.

The new online resource, TIP Net, is a website provided by USDA’s Farm Service Agency. Through the Transition Incentives Program (TIP), producers with land for sale or lease are introduced to qualified beginning or socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers who want to buy or rent land for their operations. TIP Net may be found online at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/tipnet.

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.

As of Nov. 30, TIP participation included 372 contracts on more than 52,000 acres, with nearly $5 million obligated for TIP annual rental payments.