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Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative

Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative (NSHTI)

Through the National Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative (NSHTI), NRCS will assist producers to extend the growing season for high value crops in an environmentally safe manner. The initiative has the potential to assist producers in addressing a resource concern by improving plant quality, improving soil quality, and reducing nutrient and pesticide transport.

Note:  The seasonal high tunnel practice is gaining recognition in many populated or urbanized areas. NRCS must consider and support all producers who submit an application regardless of where their operation is located. It is important to note that general program eligibility is not limited based on zoning. There is a common misconception that areas zoned as "urban" or "residential" (or other similar zoning types) are not eligible based on the zoning classification. However, while the applicant and land may meet program eligibility requirements, zoning may restrict a participant from installing certain practices. Participants who carry out conservation practices are responsible for obtaining the authorities, rights, easements, permits, or other approvals necessary for the implementation, operation, and maintenance of the conservation practices in keeping with the applicable laws and regulations.  The conservation practice standards can be found on the FOTG, Section IV - Conservation Practice Standards.

Applicable Program

EQIP - Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Required Land Use

Cropland only

Program Contact

Jeff VanderWilt, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, 605-352-1226
Jennifer Wurtz, Resource Conservationist, 605-352-1225