EQIP Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative
The Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative, part of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, provides financial and technical assistance to help extend the growing season for high value crops in an environmentally safe manner.
The initiative may assist producers in addressing a resource concern by:
- Improving plant quality
- Improving soil quality
- Reducing nutrient and pesticide transportation
- Improving air quality through reduced transportation inputs
- Reducing energy use by providing consumers with a local source of fresh produce.
Who Can Apply
Eligible applicants include individuals, legal entities, tribes or joint operations engaged in agricultural production. Organic producers who grow agricultural commodities on eligible land and have natural resource concerns that can be addressed by a seasonal high tunnel may participate.
Producers interested in entering into a financial assistance agreement for EQIP assistance may file an application at any time. Applicants must be:
- An agricultural producer and have control of eligible land for the term of the proposed contract period; eligible land includes cropland.
- In compliance with the provisions for protecting the interests of tenants and sharecroppers, including the provisions for sharing EQIP payments on a fair and equitable basis.
Apply for financial assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). NRCS accepts and processes EQIP applications on a continuous basis, although funding selections are typically made once a year. Sign up this year until March 20, 2015.
The following list of practices are also available to producers to support the Seasonal High Tunnel Practice:
Conservation Crop Rotation
Critical Area Planting
Integrated Pest Management
Irrigation System, Microirrigation
Irrigation Water Management
Residue and Tillage Management, Mulch Till
Residue and Tillage Management, No Till/Strip Till/Direct Seed
Residue and Tillage Management, Ridge Till
Residue Management, Seasonal
Surface Drainage, Field Ditch
The following Conservation Activity Plans are available to support the Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative:
Nutrient Management Plan
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan
Irrigation Water Management Plan
National EQIP webpage
Florida EQIP website
The NRCS EQIP Seasonal High Tunnel website has more information.
Florida Program Contact
Contact your local USDA Service Center or
Jeffrey Woods, financial assistance programs, 352-338-9515.