Applications due August 31 for FARMER funding to replace agricultural equipment and reduce emissions in the Shared Allocation Pool districts
Applications launch on August 1 for the FARMER program that will provide $5.4 million to farmers located in 15 air districts that each contribute less than 1 percent of total statewide emissions for agricultural equipment.
The funds can be used to replace older vehicles and equipment used for agricultural operations as part of the state’s Funding Agricultural Replacement Measures for Emission Reductions (FARMER) program. FARMER funding is administered by California’s regional air districts, and farmers must apply by August 31 directly with their local air district.
Replacement with cleaner equipment helps reduce emissions of harmful diesel exhaust and greenhouse gases and improves local air quality. The smaller air quality districts that are eligible for funding through the Shared Allocation Pool are:
- Amador County APCD
- Antelope Valley AQMD
- Calaveras County APCD
- Eastern Kern County APCD
- El Dorado AQMD
- Great Basin Unified APCD
- Lake County AQMD
- Lassen County APCD
- Mariposa County APCD
- Modoc County APCD
- North Coast Unified AQMD
- Northern Sierra AQMD
If your air district is not listed above, you can learn about potential funding by referring to the FARMER District Contact List and reaching out to your local air district staff.
Funding can be used to purchase:
- Off-road equipment replacements (such as tractors and swathers)
- Stationary and portable engine repowers (such as agricultural pumps)
- Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTV) and small tractor replacements (eligible for replacement with an electric UTV)
- Infrastructure engaged in or supporting agricultural operations
- On-road heavy-duty truck replacements
It is estimated that projects funded by the FARMER program since 2018 through the Shared Allocation Pool have reduced 32 tons of fine particulate matter (PM 2.5), 555 tons of nitrogen oxides (NOx), and 3,270 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent greenhouse gases. The Shared Allocation Pool is managed by the Placer County Air Pollution Control District.
Learn more and download an application at FARMER Shared Allocation Pool.