Seasonal High Tunnels

Virginia is part of an ongoing pilot testing the viability and functionality of seasonal tunnel systems. A seasonal high tunnel is a polyethylene-covered structure at least six feet high which modifies the climate to create more favorable growing conditions for vegetable and other specialty crops grown in the natural soil beneath it.

Eligibility: Land must be currently cropped and producing crops that are typically grown within a high tunnel. Applicants must have control of the land for the lifespan of the practice (4 years). Additionally, unlike in previous years, there is no size limit. Financial assistance (FA) is provided on a square foot basis with a maximum per participant per 2014 Farm Bill of $10,000.00.  Participants who have never received FA from NRCS for this practice will be given priority over those that have received FA for this practice during the 2008 Farm Bill.

The Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative also offers conservation practices that support the seasonal high tunnel practice.

Eligible Conservation Practices

  • 317 Composting Facility
  • 327 Conservation Cover
  • 328 Conservation Crop Rotation
  • 329 Residue Management: No-Till/Strip Till/Direct Seed
  • 330 Contour Farming
  • 332 Contour Buffer Strips
  • 340 Cover Crop
  • 342 Critical Area Planting
  • 345 Residue Management: Mulch Till
  • 362 Diversion
  • 386 Field Border
  • 393 Filter Strip
  • 412 Grassed Waterway
  • 430 Irrigation Pipeline
  • 441 Irrigation System, Microirrigation
  • 449 Irrigation Water Management
  • 484 Mulching
  • 558 Roof Runoff Structure
  • 585 Stripcropping
  • 590 Nutrient Management
  • 606 Subsurface Drain
  • 620 Underground Outlet
  • 798 Seasonal High Tunnel

Ranking Periods

Applications for financial assistance are accepted year-round. NRCS has established four ranking periods for FY2015:

Ranking Period 1: All Applications received by close of business on November 21, 2014
Ranking Period 2: All Applications received by close of business on December 19, 2014
Ranking Period 3: All Applications received by close of business on January 16, 2015
Ranking Period 4: All Applications received by close of business on February 20, 2015

High Tunnel Payment Schedules and Ranking Tools
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FY14 EQIP Payment Schedule (pdf, 128kb)

Seasonal High Tunnel Ranking Summary (PDF; 44 KB)

How to Apply for USDA-NRCS Conservation Programs
Learn what steps you will need to take to prepare for, and submit, your application to become a USDA-NRCS Conservation Program participant.

Learn more information on the criteria required to become an eligible EQIP applicant.

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NRCS-CPA-1200 Conservation Program Application (PDF; 40 KB)

For more information, contact your local USDA Service Center, or visit the USDA-NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program Web site.

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