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NRCS Funding Available for High Tunnels in Maryland

Annapolis, Md., April 6, 2021 — USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is currently accepting applications from Maryland farmers who are interested in high tunnels. A high tunnel system, commonly called a “hoop house,” is available with financial assistance through the Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) program. Applications must be received by May 7, 2021 to receive funding consideration for this year.

High tunnels protect plants from severe weather and allow farmers to extend their growing seasons – growing earlier into the spring, later into the fall, and sometimes, year-round. And because high tunnels prevent direct rainfall from reaching plants, farmers can use precise tools like drip irrigation to efficiently deliver water and nutrients to plants. High tunnels also offer farmers a greater ability to control pests and can even protect plants from pollen and pesticide drift.

Farmers interested in applying for program funding should call their local USDA Service Center to schedule an appointment with NRCS staff. Visit farmers.gov for USDA service center locations. State-specific program information is available on the NRCS Maryland website at www.md.nrcs.usda.gov.