Seasonal High Tunnels (Hoop Houses)
EQIP Organic Initiative
Interim Practice Standard (PDF; 28 Kb)
For the first time, EQIP will offer high tunnels,
or hoop houses, usually used to extend the growing season for fresh market
vegetable producers. This practice is part of a pilot project to see if high
tunnels are effective in reducing pesticide use, keeping vital nutrients in the
soil, extending the growing season, increasing yields, and providing other
benefits to growers.
To receive cost sharing through EQIP you must have an active interest in
agricultural crop production at the time you apply for the program, with a
minimum of $1,000 in documented annual agricultural production.
The land must be agricultural land, and you must own or have control of the land
for the length of the contract (two years).
Seasonal High Tunnel (Hoop House) Practice Requirements
The practice is intended to extend the growing season early and late in the
The size of the high tunnel funded by EQIP is limited to 2178 sq. ft.
The practice must be sited on existing cropland that has an active crop
The crops grown within the high tunnel must be planted directly into the soil
covered by the house. The use of pots, growing racks or hydroponics is not
The basis for developing the cost sharing for the high tunnel assumes that the
structure will be removed at the end of the growing season to prevent damage by
snow. More substantial hoops and heavier plastic may be utilized by the operator
to reduce the risk of snow damage for structures that are left in place year
round but the additional costs for these materials is not covered in EQIP.
To get started, contact NRCS at the
USDA Service Center
for your county. Applicants will need to establish eligibility as a producer
with the USDA Farm Service Agency before applying.
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