Important Update on NRCS High Tunnel Pilot Program

From the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. To Read the full article go to: http://sustainableagriculture.net/blog/important-update-on-nrcs-high-tunnel-pilot-program/

“As we reported in December, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has launched a  3-year pilot program to provide cost-share funding to farmers who want to extend the growing season on their farms by using high tunnels (sometimes referred to as hoop houses) … At the time of the December announcement there were 37 states that opted to participate in the pilot.  Now there are 40.  The three new additions are Michigan, North Carolina, and Virginia.  The opt-in option closes today (January 29), so the list of 4o states is now final.

When does sign-up end?  EQIP has a continuous sign-up process so farmers may submit applications at any time during the year.  However, there is a cut-off date after which proposals are ranked and then contracts awarded.  In many states the cutoff date for general EQIP sign-ups is today, January 29, though in a few states it is earlier and in several it is later.  For farmers wanting to do the hoop house/high tunnel practice who have not submitted applications by the general enrollment cut-off date, there may still be options.”

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