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High Tunnel-2010

Seasonal High Tunnels Funded in Fiscal Year 2010

After receiving nearly 3,000 applications for seasonal high tunnels, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) obligated $13 million in fiscal year (FY) 2010 for 2,422 seasonal high tunnels in 43 states.

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. 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.

NRCS offered the seasonal high tunnels (officially called “seasonal high tunnel system for crops”) as a conservation practice for the first time in FY 2010 as part of a three-year trial to determine their effectiveness in conserving water, keeping nutrients in the soil, increasing yields, and reducing transport of agricultural pesticides. The table below shows the states that obligated funding for the high tunnels FY 2010.

State

Number of Tunnels

Dollars Obligated

Alabama

103

$534,953

Alaska

125

$924,775

Arizona

14

$80,173

Arkansas

14

$57,129

California

49

$72,093

Connecticut

55

$490,352

Delaware

8

$67,994

Florida

36

$184, 751

Georgia

77

$455,058

Hawaii

10

$51,978

Illinois

78

$454,844

Iowa

114

$454,844

Kansas

49

$188,575

Louisiana

21

$104,249

Maine

19

$172,319

Maryland

61

$295,456

Massachusetts

62

$608,475

Michigan

92

$399,755

Minnesota

197

$827,039

Mississippi

60

$359,501

Missouri

159

$713,024

Montana

38

$238,260

Nebraska

23

$106,552

Nevada

17

$63,344

New Hampshire

79

$705,469

New Mexico

23

$83,771

New York

45

$211,309

North Carolina

45

$289,927

North Dakota

10

$57,494

Ohio

55

$256,619

Oklahoma

21

$94,859

Pennsylvania

125

$550,943

Rhode Island

39

$353,388

South Carolina

35

$125,317

South Dakota

8

$44,066

Tennessee

47

$191,074

Utah

11

$60,068

Vermont

93

$625,324

Virginia

63

$316,490

Washington

25

$152,470

West Virginia

27

$197,083

Wisconsin

184

762,518

Wyoming

6

$34,766

TOTAL 2,422 $13,006,518

 

 High Tunnel-number funded in 2010