2012 EQIP Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative
The application ranking periods are:
◊ February 3, 2012
◊ March 30, 2012
◊ June 1, 2012
Seasonal high tunnels are structures made of plastic or metal pipe and covered with plastic or other sheeting. Easy to build, maintain, and move, they provide an energy-efficient way to extend the growing season, reduce or avoid use of pesticides and reduce run off and leaching of nitrogen. Unlike greenhouses, they require no energy, relying on natural sunlight to modify the climate inside to create favorable conditions for growing vegetable and other specialty crops.
USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing financial assistance for seasonal high tunnels as part of a three-year trial to determine their effectiveness in conserving water, reducing pesticide use, maintaining vital soil nutrients, and increasing crop yields
Through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative signup, Agricultural producers may apply for financial assistance and technical expertise to plan and install Seasonal High Tunnels and other conservation practices that will facilitate in addressing a resource concern. See Seasonal High Tunnel Practice Payment List for approved practices offered for this initiative.
The following is a list of practices and associated payment rates, please view the pages below.
The document below requires
2012 EQIP National Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative Practice Payment Rates - (XLS, 14 KB)
2012 EQIP National Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative Practice Payment Rates - Historically Underserved - (XLS, 14 KB)
EQIP provides enhanced benefits to historically underserved program participants. Click here for more information about historically underserved clients.
To be eligible for the Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative, applicants must be a farmer who earns a minimum agricultural income and meet other EQIP program requirements. For more detailed information, go to: EQIP Eligibility
Eligible lands for the Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative apply only to exiting managed cropland.
The practice is intended to extend the growing season early and late in the growing year and be removed at the end of the growing season.
The maximum size of the seasonal high tunnel funded by the Initiative is limited to 2178 sq. ft.
The practice must be sited on existing cropland that has an active crop production history.
The crops grown within the seasonal high tunnel must be planted directly into the soil covered by the seasonal high tunnel. The use of pots, growing racks or hydroponics is not eligible.
The seasonal high tunnel system must be constructed in accordance with manufacturer’s
recommendations. The frame for the seasonal high tunnel must be constructed of metal,
wood, or durable plastic and be at least 6 feet high at the center, structure
cover at a minimum will be made of 6-mil greenhouse-grade, UV resistant
polyethylene and will not include electrical, heating or ventilation system.
Expected life span of the seasonal high tunnel is a minimum of 4 years. See practice jobsheet (coming soon).
Application for the Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative can be obtained at your local NRCS office. NRCS can also assist the applicant by developing a conservation plan that includes conservation activities and practices that address resource problems while improving farming operation on their land.
The Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative is a national initiative. Funding and selection of applications will be determined at the NRCS National level. Applications will be accepted at any time with ranking of applications on Feb 3, March 30, and June 1 of 2012.
Map of Oregon’s Growing Degree Days (PDF, 1.67 MB)
The document below requires
Seasonal High Tunnel Flyer (PDF, 989 KB)
Seasonal High Tunnel Interim Conservation Practice Job Sheet (PDF, 793 KB)
Seasonal High Tunnel System for Crops Conservation Practice Standard (PDF, 46 KB)
Seasonal High Tunnel Supplemental Planning and Implementation Guidance (PDF, 80KB)
Seasonal High Tunnel Statement of Work (PDF, 35KB)
NRCS Farm Bill Specialist
625 SE Salmon Avenue, Suite 4
Redmond, Oregon 97756-9580
Phone: (541) 923-4358 ext 131
NRCS State Agronomist
1201 NE Lloyd Blvd, Suite 900
Portland, Oregon 97232
Phone: (503) 414-3232