BANGOR, Maine — Sign-up is under way for the Transition Incentives Program, which is designed to encourage retired or retiring owners or operators to shift 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,” said Donovan E. Todd III, executive director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Maine. “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.”
If all program requirements are met, TIP provides annual rental payments to the retiring farmer for up to two additional years provided the transition is not to 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 county office or www.fsa.usda.gov.