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FY 2015 EQIP Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative

 

The application ranking periods are:

  • January 16, 2015
     
  • March 20, 2015

Seasonal High Tunnel System for Crops

 

 

 

 

 

A seasonal high tunnel or hoophouses is a polyethylene covered structure with no electrical, heating, and/or mechanical ventilation systems that is used to cover crops to extend the growing season in an environmentally safe manner.

PURPOSE:

The purpose of the “Seasonal High Tunnel” conservation practice is to assist producers to extend the growing season for high-value crops in an environmentally safe manner.  The practice has the potential to assist producers to address resource concerns by improving plant quality, improving soil quality, and reducing nutrient and pesticide transport.

ELIGIBILITY:

Applicant: Eligible applicants include individuals, legal entities, Indian Tribes, or joint operations engaged in agricultural production. In addition, organic producers who grow agricultural commodities on eligible land and have natural resource concerns which may be addressed by a seasonal high tunnel may participate in EQIP. For more detailed information on applicant eligibility, go to: EQIP Eligibility

Historically Underserved participants may also receive higher payment rates in addition to being considered in high priority funding pools. See the Limited Resource Producer, Beginning Farmers and Ranchers, and Veteran page for the NRCS definition of the Historically Underserved.

Land: Eligible lands for the Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative apply only to existing managed cropland and have an active crop production history.

PRACTICE REQUIREMENTS:

The crops grown within the seasonal high tunnel must be planted directly into the soil covered by the seasonal high tunnel. The use of pots, growing racks or hydroponics is not eligible.

The seasonal high tunnel system must be constructed in accordance with manufacturer's recommendations. The frame for the seasonal high tunnel must be constructed of metal, wood, or durable plastic and be at least 6 feet high at the center, structure cover at a minimum will be made of 6-mil greenhouse-grade, UV resistant polyethylene and will not include electrical, heating or ventilation system. Expected life span of the seasonal high tunnel is a minimum of 4 years. See Practice Standard (PDF, 35 KB).

PAYMENTS:

In Oregon the seasonal high tunnel practice has a practice payment cap of $6,317 for general EQIP applicants and $7580 for applicants that qualify as Limited Resource Producers, Beginning Farmers or Ranchers, Veterans, or Historically Underserved (see applicant eligibility). Applicants can apply for one or multiple seasonal high tunnels as long as the sum total does not exceed the practice payment cap.  See 2015 EQIP Seasonal High Tunnel Practice Payment Lists.

HOW TO APPLY:

Applications for the Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative can be obtained at your local NRCS office. NRCS can also assist the applicant by developing a conservation plan that includes conservation activities and practices that address resource problems while improving farming operation on their land.

Ranking Criteria - EQIP applications are evaluated and then prioritized for funding. Applications that best address natural resources as described in the ranking criteria are prioritized for funding. Seasonal High Tunnel State and Local ranking questions

Map of Oregon's Growing Degree Days (PDF, 1.67 MB)

For More Information:

Seasonal High Tunnel Flyer (PDF, 116 KB)
Growing Degree Days (GDD) (PDF, 2 MB)
National NRCS Seasonal High-Tunnel webpage

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Contacts

Todd Peplin
NRCS Farm Bill Specialist

1201 NE Lloyd Blvd, Suite 900
Portland, Oregon  97232
Phone:  (503) 414-3292
Email: todd.peplin@or.usda.gov

Denise Troxell
NRCS State Agronomist

1201 NE Lloyd Blvd, Suite 900
Portland, Oregon  97232
Phone:  (503) 414-3232
Email:  denise.troxell@or.usda.gov