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2011 Agricultural Management Assistance Overview - Utah NRCS

Agricultural Management Assistance Overview - Utah NRCS
 

To be considered for FY 2011 funding, applications for participation must be submitted by the cut-off date of October 1, 2010

Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) provides cost share assistance to agricultural producers to voluntarily address issues such as water management, water quality, and erosion control by incorporating conservation into their farming operations. Producers may construct or improve water management structures or irrigation structures; plant trees for windbreaks or to improve water quality; and mitigate risk through production diversification or resource conservation practices, including soil erosion control, integrated pest management, or transition to organic farming. 

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2008 Farm Bill AMA Final Rule (PDF, 85KB)
AMA Fact Sheet (PDF, 47 KB)
2008 Farm Bill AMA Interim Final Rule Correction (PDF, 42KB)
2008 Farm Bill Interim Final Rule (PDF, 89KB)
AMA Policy

 

High Tunnel Pilot Project

Utah NRCS is taking sign-ups for a new cost share program that uses high tunnel, or hoop houses, to modify the growing climate and allow producers to grow vegetables, berries, etc., where they otherwise may not. The Utah pilot is available this year to producers in the Great Salt Lake RC&D Council area (Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, Tooele, and Morgan counties), and Utah Tribal lands. Selected applicants receive financial help to erect manufactured high tunnels and in turn agree to help evaluate their effectiveness in the Utah climate......Read the News Release

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High Tunnels Pilot Project Fact Sheet (PDF, 105 KB)
Constructing a Low-cost High Tunnel (PDF, 181 KB)
Hoop House Types and Prices (PDF, 218 KB)
UT 798 Standard (PDF, 39 KB)

Overview

NRCS is conducting a 3-year high tunnel, or hoop house, pilot project. Agricultural producers can apply to receive financial and technical assistance to help NRCS test the conservation benefits and effects of high tunnels in practical, real-world situations.

USDA announced the pilot project under the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative.  The high tunnel pilot study will help determine possible conservation benefits. High tunnels improve plant, water and soil quality, as well as pest and nutrient management.

High tunnels can lengthen the timeframe for local marketing of produce, which increases sustainability while lowering energy and transportation inputs. In arid climates, high tunnels may slow evaporation and decrease irrigation water use. An extended growing season and steady income may offer advantages to small, limited resource, and organic farmers.  They can also assist producers transitioning to specialty crops

Definition

High tunnels are structures that modify the growing climate, allowing for tender, sensitive, and specialty crops like certain varieties of vegetables, herbs, berries, and others to grow where they otherwise may not. High tunnels are constructed of metal or plastic bow frames at least 6 feet in height, covered with a single layer of polyethylene.

For this pilot project, plants must be planted in the ground or in permanent raised beds, and not containerized. Since water runoff from high tunnels can cause erosion, pooling, and other environmental concerns, conservation practices, such as runoff management, irrigation, drain structures for water control, crop rotation, and critical area planting, may be installed. These additional practices will need to be planned and installed as a condition for the installation of a high tunnel. Additional practices that might be considered as part of a conservation plan include nutrient and pest management, cover crop, and irrigation water management.

Eligibility Requirements

To qualify, the applicant must:

  • be an agricultural producer
  • install the high tunnel on existing cultivated land
  • raise or sell $1,000 worth of agricultural products annually

Considerations

Approved applicants will receive financial assistance for one high tunnel system and related additional conservation practices that help achieve the expected conservation benefits or mitigate any potential negative effects from installing these high tunnel systems. The maximum size for the high tunnel is 5 percent of one acre, or 2,178 square feet. The high tunnel systems must be purchased as manufactured kits, will not include electrical, heating or ventilation systems, be at least 6 feet high, and have an expected life of at least 4 years.

Financial Assistance

During the pilot project, financial assistance is limited to one high tunnel per operation.  Successful applicants will receive about 50 percent of the cost of one high tunnel and related costs. Beginning, socially disadvantaged, and limited resource farmers can receive up to 90 percent of the costs.

Applications

The high tunnel pilot project is offered under the Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Program of the 2008 Farm Bill. AMA applications are accepted on a continuous basis, but each fiscal year has funding cutoff dates.  For 2010, the cutoff date is February 19, and is limited to producers in the Great Salt Lake Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) area and Utah Tribal lands. The RC&D serves Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, Tooele, and Morgan counties.

For More Information

2010 applicants should contact the following offices that serve the Great Salt Lake RC&D Council area, and Tribal lands:

Utah NRCS Offices Serving the Great Salt Lake RC&D:

Ogden Field Office
2871 S. Commerce Way
Ogden, UT 84401
(801) 629-0580

Tooele Field Office
185 North Main
Tooele, UT 84074
(435) 882-2276 x5

Utah NRCS Offices Serving Tribal Lands:

Tremonton Field Office
85 South First East
Tremonton, UT 84337
(435) 257-5403

Ibapah Satellite Office
Tribal Office Building
Ibapah, UT 84034
(435) 234-1137

Cedar City Field Office
Blackrock Village, 2390 West Highway 56 #14
Cedar City, UT 84720
(435) 586-2429

Roosevelt Field Office
Nile Chapman Building, 240 West Highway 40, 333-4
Roosevelt, UT 84066
(435) 722-4621

Monticello Field Office
32 South 1st East
Monticello, UT 84535
(435) 587-2481

Aneth Satellite Office
Aneth Chapter House, P.O. Box 100216
Aneth, UT 84510
(435) 651-3330