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FY 2015 EQIP Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative

 

Seasonal High Tunnel System for Crops Seasonal High Tunnel System for Crops

2015 Seasonal High Tunnel System for Crops

 

The application ranking periods are:

  • January 16, 2015
  • March 20, 2015

Seasonal high tunnels are structures made of plastic or metal pipe and covered with plastic or other sheeting. Easy to build, maintain, and move, they provide an energy-efficient way to extend the growing season, reduce or avoid use of pesticides and reduce run off and leaching of nitrogen. Unlike greenhouses, they require no energy, relying on natural sunlight to modify the climate inside to create favorable conditions for growing vegetable and other specialty crops.


Technical and Financial Assistance

Through the Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative signup, Agricultural producers may apply for financial assistance and technical expertise to plan and install Seasonal High Tunnels and other conservation practices that will facilitate in addressing a resource concern. Seasonal High Tunnels can be used to:

 

  • 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


2015 EQIP Seasonal High Tunnel Practice Payment Lists


Program Benefits for Historically Underserved Clients 

EQIP provides enhanced benefits to historically underserved program participants. Click here for more information about historically underserved clients.


Eligibility

To be eligible for this program, applicants must be a farmer who earns a minimum agricultural income and meet other EQIP program requirements. For more detailed information, go to: EQIP Eligibility

Eligible lands for the Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative apply only to existing managed cropland.


Practice Requirements

The practice must be sited on existing cropland that has an active crop production history.

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 jobsheet.
 

Seasonal High Tunnel Flyer (PDF, 1.64 MB)
 


How to Apply

Application 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

Seasonal High Tunnel State and Local ranking questions

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

 

For More Information

National NRCS Seasonal High-Tunnel web page

 

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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