All across the U.S., farmers are discovering the benefits of high tunnel systems. The National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) can help growers integrate high tunnels into their operations and provide financial assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).
The 2018 Farm Bill expanded eligibility regarding with whom NRCS can enter into an EQIP contract.
This voluntary conservation program helps producers make conservation work for them. Together, NRCS and farmers invest in solutions that conserve natural resources for the future while also improving agricultural operations.
Through EQIP, NRCS provides agricultural producers with financial resources and one-on-one help to plan and implement improvements, or what NRCS calls “conservation practices.”
Using these practices can lead to cleaner water and air, healthier soil and better wildlife habitat, all while improving agricultural operations. Through EQIP, you can voluntarily implement conservation practices, and NRCS co-invests in these practices with you with grant monies.
While they may look like greenhouses, high tunnels are actually quite different. Greenhouses are usually constructed of glass and metal, with plants grown in pots aboveground. High tunnels are polyethylene, plastic- or fabric-covered hoop structures that can be assembled for a fraction of the cost, with plants grown in raised beds or grown directly in the ground.
With high tunnel systems, no summer is too short or winter too cold because high tunnels can:
Our standard NRCS house is a 30-by-75-foot bow house. We offer a set of metal doors on each that provide a full 8-by-8-foot opening for easy access. We can build it longer or shorter depending on what your space allows. Whatever you choose, your NRCS house will help extend the growing season and control the elements of nature.
We can assist you with applying for financial assistance through EQIP, Please call 800‑752‑2954 or contact us today to get started.