Innovative Approaches to High Tunnel Systems in Florida

Dan Florida, Nursery Crops, Organic, Specialty Crops, USDA-NRCS

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USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida will invest $300,000 for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) for high tunnel systems that improve weather resiliency and improve degraded plant conditions.


Grants from $5,000 to $75,000 will be awarded to applicants matching those funds on a dollar-for-dollar basis from non-federal sources that can include cash or in-kind contributions. U.S.-based non-federal entities and individuals are eligible to apply for projects carried out in Florida.

Florida State Conservationist, Juan Hernandez, says these grants inspire creativity and are great opportunities for participants to take advantage of.

Innovative Approaches to High Tunnel Systems in Florida

Up to 10 percent of the funds are for proposals from historically underserved producers, veteran farmers or ranchers, or community- based organizations representing these entities.


A webinar will be held May 27 at 2:00 p.m. EST explaining how to apply for CIG grants and give an overview of NRCS high tunnel systems. The meeting link is here. Or dial in at 1-844-517-1271, access code 962 370 659. Individuals who require special accommodations or materials in an alternative format or language can contact Nina Bhattacharyya, 352-338-9554 by May 13.

The funding announcement seeking proposals will be published on The deadline to submit a proposal is July 12 noon, EST.

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