Two programs, the Organic Initiative and Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative, may be contributing to a significant uptick in the cultivation of fruits, flowers, and nuts, according to a study by the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service.
The study, available on the group's website, found that about 124,800 acres were used for cultivated growing in 2007. That number nearly doubles in 2010, jumping to 273,800 acres.
The Organic Initiative and the Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative offer incentives to growers wanting to install a high tunnel or otherwise transition their operations
For more information on the study, check out the USDA's website.