High Tunnel Field Day Has Estimated Economic Benefit

Eldon Everhart, Horticulture Field Specialist, Southwest Area

Problem Statement:

Many people are interested in commercial horticulture ventures related to high tunnel technology.  Until recently, high tunnel research and demonstration in Iowa was not available from ISU.

Programmatic Response:

A high tunnel field day was held at the ISU Armstrong Research and Demonstration Farm near Lewis, Iowa.  Participants learned about the maintenance and management of high-value, horticulture crops growing in the field compared to the same crops inside a high tunnel.  Participants toured high tunnel planted with tomatoes, blackberries, red raspberries, and other crops.  Participants had an All-Iowa dinner featuring produce grown on the farm.  Speakers included state specialists and others.

Impact/Outcome:

Forty-five percent of the participants indicated that they are considering commercial horticulture production.  Economic benefit was estimated based on attendees response to questions about technology adoption and on predicted net income from high tunnel enterprises.  The multiplier effect of products, supplies, and services purchased and sold locally was not included in this computation.  The estimated economic benefit of this workshop and field day is $125,000.

August 20, 2007

130 - Horticulture: Commercial and Consumer

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