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Maine Bulletin No. ME 450-13-9

 

                                                                                                                   January 31, 2013
 

Subject: TCH – Section IV of eFOTG

Purpose: To announce a change to eFOTG - Section IV - Interim Standards.

Expiration Date: April 1, 2013

Explanation: The Job Sheet for the Interim Conservation Practice Seasonal High Tunnel (Code 798) and the document “Approved Product List and Selection Criteria” have been revised and placed in eFOTG under Section IV - Interim Standards - Seasonal High Tunnel (Code 798). Any new plans for FY13 should be in accordance with the information in the revised Job Sheet and Product List. The former Product List, dated 2010, is no longer valid.

Significant Changes:

  • The updated list of approved products and the list of design criteria are now also part of the revised Job Sheet.
  • Some additional required design criteria have been added. This includes a maximum number (5) of pipe segments per arch, and appropriate bolts through the posts, including nuts.
  • New requirements for NRCS to review and approve all designs during planning to ensure they meet criteria.

Designs must be reviewed and approved early in the planning process so that producers do not purchase or build ineligible structures. Producers are responsible to provide NRCS a copy of the design for their intended model and size. NRCS field staff will review the design and ensure it meets Required High Tunnel Design Criteria. All models, including those on the Approved Product List, must be reviewed because manufacturers may make changes to a model without NRCS’ knowledge.

If a producer wishes to install a structure that is not on the Approved Product List. NRCS field staff will review the design to ensure it meets Criteria. If the design appears to meet the criteria, forward the design to Alice Begin, Resource Conservationist via email alice.begin@me.usda.gov for final review and approval.

Contact: Direct further questions to Alice Begin, Resource Conservationist, by phone at 207-990-9568, or email alice.begin@me.usda.gov.


/s/  Brian Vigue, Acting

JUAN C. HERNANDEZ
State Conservationist