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EQIP High Tunnel System (Hoop House)

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers through contracts up to a maximum term of ten years in length. 

These contracts provide financial assistance to help plan and implement conservation practices that address natural resource concerns and for opportunities to improve soil, water, plant, animal, air, conserve energy, and related resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland.  In addition, a purpose of EQIP is to help producers meet Federal, State, Tribal and local environmental regulations.

High Tunnel System

The High Tunnel System is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers.  The goal of the initiative is to assist producers to extent the growing season for high value crops in an environmentally safe manner. 

High Tunnel System may assist producers in addressing a resource concern by:

  • improving water quality
  • improving plant quality
  • improving soil quality
  • reducing nutrient and pesticide transportation

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants include individuals, legal entities, Indian Tribes, or joint operations engaged in agricultural production.  Organic producers who grow agricultural commodities on eligible land and have natural resource concerns which may be addressed by a seasonal high tunnel may participate in the High Tunnel System. 

Eligible producers interested in entering into a financial assistance agreement with NRCS for EQIP assistance may file an EQIP Application (pdf) at any time.  Applicants must be:

  • an agricultural producer and have control of eligible land for the term of the proposed contract period; eligible land includes cropland
  • in compliance with the provisions for protecting the interests of tenants and sharecroppers, including the provisions for sharing EQIP payments on a fair and equitable basis
  • in compliance with the highly erodible land and wetland conservation compliance provisions of the Farm Bill.
  • within appropriate payment limitation requirements, as specified in the Farm Bill.

EQIP Application

More information about EQIP application and ranking process. 

Supporting Practices

 The following list of practices are also available to producers (as applicable to their state) to support the High Tunnel System Practice to help ensure that the resource concerns are addressed while implementing and managing the High Tunnel System:

  • Critical Area Planting
  • Diversion
  • Grassed Waterway
  • Irrigation System, Microirrigation
  • Subsurface Drain
  • Underground Outlet

Additional Information


For More Information

If you need more information about EQIP, please contact NRCS at your local USDA Service Center, or your local land conservation department.

State EQIP Contact:  Ryan Gerlich, 608-662-4422 x 227