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Washington's 2014 EQIP High Tunnel Initiative

Application ranking cut-off date for the FY 2014 EQIP High Tunnel Initiative are 3/21/14 and 5/16/14. Additional ranking dates may be offered in FY 14. 

Image of outside view of seasonal high tunnel under construction. Image of plants growing inside a seasonal high tunnel.

Interim Conservation Practice 798

Seasonal high tunnels are structures made of 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.

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing financial assistance for seasonal high tunnels as part of a three-year trial to determine their effectiveness in conserving water, reducing pesticide use, maintaining vital soil nutrients, and increasing crop yields.


Technical and Financial Assistance

Through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) 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. See Seasonal High Tunnel documents for practice payment and list of approved practices offered for this initiative.


2014 EQIP Seasonal High Tunnel Eligible Practice and Payment Lists

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2014 EQIP National High Tunnel Initiative Practice Payment List - Coming Soon
 


Eligibility

To be eligible for the Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative, applicants must be a farmer who earns a minimum agricultural income and meet other EQIP program requirements. For more detailed information, go to the EQIP Application Process FAQ. Eligible lands for the Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative apply only to exiting managed cropland.


Practice Requirements

  • The practice is intended to extend the growing season early and late in the growing year and be removed at the end of the growing season.
  • The maximum size of the seasonal high tunnel funded by the Initiative is limited to 2178 sq. ft.
  • The practice must be sited on existing cropland that has a 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 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 may include electrical, heating or ventilation system (provided by landowner). Expected life span of the seasonal high tunnel is a minimum of 4 years.

The seasonal high tunnel job sheet can be found in section IV, in the Washington Conservation Practices folder in the WA eFOTG.


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.


Funding Selection and Priorities

The Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative is a national initiative. Funding and selection of applications will be determined at the NRCS National level.


Ranking Criteria

EQIP National, State and Local Ranking Questions - COMING SOON

For More Information

National NRCS Seasonal High-Tunnel web page


Contact

For additional CAP information, contact your local NRCS Field Office for assistance or;

Bonda Habets
NRCS State Resource Conservationist
316 W. Boone Ave, Ste. 450
Spokane, Wa 99201
Phone: (509) 323-2961
Email: bonda.habets@wa.usda.gov