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Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative

The Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to assist producers to extent 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.
EQIP Application Information

NRCS accepts and processes EQIP applications on a continuous basis. However, funding selections are typically made once a year.


Supporting Practices

The following list of practices are also available to producers to support the Seasonal High Tunnel Practice:

Conservation Crop Rotation
Contour Farming
Cover Crop
Critical Area Planting
Diversion
Grassed Waterway
Integrated Pest Management
Irrigation Reservoir
Irrigation System, Microirrigation
Irrigation Water Management
Nutrient 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
Row Arrangement
Subsurface Drain
Surface Drainage, Field Ditch
Underground Outlet

In addition the following Conservation Activity Plans (CAPs) are available to support the Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative:

Nutrient Management Plan
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan
Irrigation Water Management Plan  

Additional Information

Documents on this page may require Adobe Acrobat.

National EQIP webpage

High Tunnel Payment Schedule - Florida (PDF)

Florida EQIP website


The NRCS national EQIP website has more information.


Florida Program Contact

Contact yourLocal USDA Service Center or

Jeffrey Woods, financial assistance programs, 352-338-9515.