A Practical Guide to Understanding and Implementing Micro-irrigation in High Tunnels
High tunnels can be a great resource for farmers. The season extension capabilities provided by high tunnels can open up new opportunities and price premiums in the local marketplace. However, producing in high tunnels is different from field production and can be difficult to master.
For many growers, the annual costs associated with certification can be a major deterrent. However, financial assistance is available through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program to cover up to 75% of certification costs up to $750. This federal program is administered by each state’s Department of Agriculture, is non-competitive and offered on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are depleted. Fill out the paperwork and get reimbursed!
The Environmental Quality Incentives (EQIP) Organic Initiative (OI) is a federally-administered program designed to help growers address natural resource concerns by providing financial and technical assistance. The program focuses on soil, water, and air quality, as well as plant health and habitat for wildlife.