EQIP program helps fund high tunnels

11/05/2013 03:09:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

AdamsCourtesy Natural Resources Conservation ServiceThe Adams family of Russell County, Ky., inside their high tunnel.A high tunnel has allowed a Kentucky soybean, wheat and corn growing family to expand into berries, tomatoes and peppers.

Clint Voils and Chris Adams for 24 years grew staple field crops in Russell County, Ky.

But it was Sandra Voils, Clint's wife, who introduced them to seasonal high tunnels, according to a news release. She serves on the Russell County Conservation District Board of Supervisors.

High tunnels, also known as hoop houses, involve metal or plastic hoop frames over which plastic is stretched.

The tunnels are tall enough to walk through or to run equipment.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service's Environmental Quality Incentive Program can provide cost-share to help offset part of the high tunnel's cost in some counties.

The actual funding will depend on conservation priorities established in individual counties.

Voils and Adams were able to receive cost-share funding in Russell County.

During the first year, they focused on strawberries and raspberries.

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