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High Tunnel System

High Tunnel System

Overview

The conservation goals and funding priorities of the High Tunnel System ranking pool are to assist producers by extending the growing season, improving soil quality, and reducing nutrient and pesticide transport offsite.

The following sections include the applicable land uses, resource concerns, conservation practices, and practice payment cap for the ranking pool.

Land Uses

The description below is the general NRCS land use definition - applications should fit within, but do not need to exactly match, this description.

  • Crop: Land used primarily for the production and harvest of annual or perennial field, forage, food, fiber, horticultural, orchard, vineyard, or energy crops.

Resource Concerns

The goal of conservation planning is to help each client attain sustainable use and sound management of soil, water, air, plant, animal, and energy resources, based on related human considerations (SWAPAE+H).  Below is a list of priority resource concerns for the ranking pool.

SWAPAE+H
Resource Concern Category
Resource Concern
Soil
Soil Quality Limitation
Aggregate instability
Compaction
Organic matter depletion
Soil organism habitat loss or degradation
Subsidence
Wind and Water Erosion
Sheet and rill erosion
Wind erosion
Water
Field, Sediment, Nutrient, and Pathogen Loss
Nutrients transported to groundwater
Nutrients transported to surface water
Pathogens and chemicals from manure biosolids, or compost applications transported to groundwater
Pathogens and chemicals from manure biosolids, or compost applications transported to surface water
Sediment transported to surface water
Field Pesticide Loss
Pesticides transported to groundwater
Pesticides transported to surface water
Source Water Depletion
Groundwater depletion
Inefficient irrigation water use
Surface water depletion
Storage and Handling of Pollutants
Nutrients transported to groundwater
Nutrients transported to surface water
Pesticides transported to surface water
Petroleum, heavy metals, and other pollutants transported to groundwater
Petroleum, heavy metals, and other pollutants transported to surface water
Weather Resilience
Drifted snow
Naturally available moisture use
Ponding and flooding
Seasonal high water table
Seeps
Air
Air Quality Emissions
Emissions of airborne reactive nitrogen
Emissions of greenhouse gases - GHGs
Emissions of ozone precursors
Emissions of particulate matter (PM) and PM precursors
Objectionable odor
Plants
Degraded Plant Condition
Plant productivity and health
Plant structure and composition
Pest Pressure
Plant pest pressure
Animals
Aquatic Habitat
Aquatic habitat for fish and other organisms
Elevated water temperature
Terrestrial Habitat
Terrestrial habitat for wildlife and invertebrates
Energy
Inefficient Energy Use
Energy efficient equipment and facilities
Energy efficient farming/ranching practices and field operations
 

Conservation Practices

NRCS conservation practices eligible for financial assistance through this ranking pool are listed in the below table. For more information about NRCS conservation practices visit the following website link: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/technical/?cid=NRCSDEV11_001020.

Practice Code
Conservation Practice Name
Practice Units
Lifespan (Years)
325
High Tunnel System
sq ft
5
327
Conservation Cover
ac
5
328
Conservation Crop Rotation
ac
1
340
Cover Crop
ac
1
342
Critical Area Planting
ac
10
362
Diversion
ft
10
412
Grassed Waterway
ac
10
436
Irrigation Reservoir
ac-ft
15
441
Irrigation System, Microirrigation
ac
15
449
Irrigation Water Management
ac
1
484
Mulching
ac
1
558
Roof Runoff Structure
no
15
561
Heavy Use Area Protection
ac
10
587
Structure for Water Control
no
20
590
Nutrient Management
ac
1
595
Integrated Pest Management
ac
1
606
Subsurface Drain
ft
20
607
Surface Drain, Field Ditch
ft
15
620
Underground Outlet
ft
20
 

Practice Payment Caps

For certain conservations practices, a limit to the amount of financial assistance has been established in certain regions. Practice payment caps are established in consultation with local partners and to allow limited financial assistance support to reach more participants. Please contact your local field office if you have questions. A maximum payment amount per contract or practice is not allowable. Practice payment caps are applicable per agreement item.

Conservation Practice
Regular
Payment Cap
Historically Underserved
Payment Cap
Payment Caps for the Central Coast Pool
325 - High Tunnel System
$7,500
$13,500

 

Interested Applicants

For more information about EQIP, how to apply and program eligibility, interested applicants should contact a NRCS field office in the county which you own land or where you have an agricultural operation. 

Visit https://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/ to find the NRCS representative for your county.