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|USDA reports incentives|
Kevin H. Case, Executive Director for USDA's Farm Service Agency in Concordia Parish, says sign-up started May 17, 2010 for the 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," Case said. 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.
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