The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service has a pilot program underway that will share the cost of high tunnel structures with producers under the agency's Environmental Quality Incentive Program. Participants will have to meet program eligibility and there are some specifications that are required in the structures themselves.
The pilot program is a part of the Secretary of Agriculture's Know Your Farmer - Know Your Food Initiative.
Participants must have land available that can be used for the high tunnel system. The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) regulations require that the system be functional for a minimum of 4 years with the contract holder bearing sole responsibility for maintenance and repair of the system. The program is presently offering to pay for 50% of the cost of the system.
For more info contact Meg Mueller, District Conservationist for the Kenai and Anchorage Field Offices at (907) 283-8732 x100, or the Alaska State Agronomist, Helen Denniston, at (907) 761-7756.