New PA State Law A Boon To Fruit, Vegetable Farmers

Harrisburg – Farmers who extend the season for fruits and vegetables are getting support of the state Legislature.

Gov. Tom Corbett on Monday signed a law ensuring that high tunnel greenhouses are not considered permanent structures and not taxed as real estate improvements.

"That makes me more apt to buy another one," Marion produce farmer Brent Barnhart said. "I'm thinking about building two more."

High tunnels, or hoop houses, are steel pipe frames covered with plastic. Farmers use them to protect plants, house livestock and store farm equipment. They have extended the seasons for greens, raspberries, peppers and tomatoes.

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