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Seasonal High Tunnels

The High Tunnel System (practice code 325) is a new conservation practice released in March 2015 to replace the previous Seasonal High Tunnel System for Crops (practice code 798). The purpose of the High Tunnel System conservation practice is to assist producers to extend the growing season in an environmentally safe manner. The practice has the potential to assist producers to improve plant health and vigor.

Eligibility: The land, i.e., the exact desired location for the high tunnel, 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). There is no size limit. Financial assistance (FA) is provided on a square foot basis with a maximum payment amount per participant per FY16 of $5,000.00  Participants who have never received financial assistance from NRCS for this practice will be given priority over those that have received financial assistance for this practice in past years.

The conservation practices below are offered in the High Tunnel System fund code.

Eligible Conservation Practices

  • 325 High Tunnel System
    327 Conservation Cover
    342 Critical Area Planting
    362 Diversion
    386 Field Border
    412 Grassed Waterway
    422 Hedgerow Planting
    430 Irrigation Pipeline
    441 Irrigation System, Microirrigation
    449 Irrigation Water Management
    558 Roof Runoff Structure
    606 Subsurface Drain
    620 Underground Outlet

How to Apply for USDA-NRCS Conservation Programs

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

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

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