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Friday, February 5, 2010

EQIP High Tunnel Program in North Carolina

Doors being added to high tunnels at the Piedmont Research Station. Salisbury, NC

NC State researchers have been developing high tunnel production techniques for fruits and vegetables for several years. In our lab, we have been optimizing biocontrol strategies for twospotted spider mites in winter strawberry production. Now, it may be easier for growers interested in expanding to tunnel production to get started. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has expanded it's Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQUIP) to include incentives for new high tunnels designed to enhance local markets and extend seasons. Part of the "Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food" program, these incentives are based on tunnel square footage. Up to 40 states are participating in this program, including NC and VA. The deadline for NC applications, February 12, is approaching fast, so contact your local NRCS office for more information. North Carolina information can be found here, and Virginia information can be found here.

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