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US (MO): Growers share success by using high tunnelsAs the growing season is ending for many Ozark crops, folks with high tunnels will be going strong all winter long.
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service offers financial assistance for people to put up high tunnels like this one. It's a program that's been around about eight years called the Environmental Quality Incentives program. Just last year in Missouri, the program funded 173 high tunnels. They usually cost anywhere from $5,000 to $9,000, but the program covers the cost, except for the installation.
Ronald and Sonia have put up their own high tunnels, saving them on construction costs. The USDA has helped them with two of their high tunnels. They now sell at the farmers market in Bolivar, to Mama Jean's, and provide fresh produce for Bolivar schools. It all started about five years ago when they just accidentally grew too much produce.
Read more at KY3 (Linda Russell)
Publication date: 10/19/2017
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