*NEWS RELEASE: USDA Offering Financial Assistance for High Tunnels*

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The USDA now has financial assistance available to landowners interested in
constructing high tunnels to increase the availability of locally grown
produce. The assistance comes available through a pilot program from the
Environmental Quality Incentives Program. Financial assistance from the
pilot program will cover 75 percent of the estimated cost of constructing a
high tunnel of up to 2,178-square-feet.  Additional information and a
listing of Michigan NRCS field offices can be found at *
* To read entire press release visit **


*All organic fruit growers are invited to respond to a grower survey for
Organic Tree Fruit Association*

The Organic Tree Fruit Association is seeking information from tree fruit
growers who are using organic production practices and/or who have an
interest in learning more about organic management. As professional growers
association, it is OTFA’s purpose to serve the interests of ALL organic tree
fruit growers, large and small, certified and uncertified, member and

OTFA is inviting you to respond to a GROWER SURVEY. The survey is easy to
access and will take just a few minutes to fill out. The information you
provide will allow OTFA to assess grower needs, plan future events and
develop educational materials.

In addition, OTFA has initiated the Organic Tree Fruit Research Program to
address challenges of managing orchards organically in the Midwest and other
humid regions. The program will facilitate research appropriate to the
region by identifying potential collaborators in on-farm research projects.
If you are interested in participating in on-farm research, please indicate
your interest and fill out contact information in the space provided at the
end of the survey.

It's easy! Just copy and paste the address into your browser.

Thank you so much for your input!

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