Seasonal High Tunnel Pilot Initiative: NRCS helps producers plan and implement high tunnels that extend growing seasons in an environmentally safe manner. High tunnel benefits include better plant and soil quality, fewer nutrients and pesticides in the environment, and better air quality due to fewer vehicles being needed to transport crops. Over the past three years in Delaware, 24 producers have signed contracts totaling $141, 000 to install seasonal high tunnels on their farms
Although applications will be taken on a continuous basis throughout the year, Delaware’s three application cut-off dates for FY2013 will end on Dec. 21, 2012, Jan. 18, and Feb. 15, 2013. The assistance, funded through the NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), will be announced after Congressional approval of the new Farm Bill.