Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative
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The seasonal High Tunnel initiative is a National initiative to provide financial assistance to producers growing high value crops who have existing resource concerns by improving plant quality, improving soil quality, reducing nutrient and pesticide transport, improving air quality through reduced transportation inputs, and reducing energy use by providing consumers with a local source of fresh produce. Additional information on the National High Tunnel Initiative can be found on the National Programs Website.
How High Tunnel Systems Work
Seasonal High Tunnels 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
Eligible Practices and Payment Rates
Statewide EQIP Practice Payment Rates (PDF; 32 KB)
The list of eligible conservation practices for the statewide Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative resource concerns are limited to the following with the same payment rates as the current statewide EQIP practice payment rates.
The following list of practices is also available to producers to support the Seasonal High Tunnel to help ensure that the resource concerns are addressed while implementing and managing the Seasonal High Tunnel:
High Tunnel System for Crops (325)
- Critical Area Planting
- Filter Strips
- Grassed Waterway
- Integrated Pest Management
- Surface Drainage, Field Ditch
High Tunnel Initiative Ranking Criteria (PDF; 16 KB)
Email: Joy Alspach
For additional information and assistance, visit the National Ag Energy Initiative Web Site or contact your local NRCS Field Service Center.