SACRAMENTO — Funds to replace old agricultural equipment and vehicles are now available for 18 of California’s smaller air districts. Replacement with cleaner equipment helps reduce emissions of harmful diesel exhaust and greenhouse gases, and improves local air quality.
The statewide Funding Agricultural Replacement Measures for Emission Reductions (FARMER) program received $132 million in fiscal year 2018-19. Approximately $4.65 million is specifically designated for districts that each contribute less than 1 percent of total statewide emissions from agricultural equipment.
The first application period for the 18 “shared pool” districts kicked off Saturday, February 1, and runs through March 1, 2020. The second application period is set from May 1 to June 1, 2020. FARMER funding is administered by California’s regional air districts, and farmers apply by submitting an application to their local air district.
To be eligible, vehicles and equipment must be engaged in agricultural operations. Eligible project categories include:
On-road heavy-duty trucks;
Off-road vehicles, such as tractors;
Stationary and portable engine sources, such as agricultural pumps;
Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTV), or small tractors, (eligible for replacement with electric UTV); and
Infrastructure engaged in, or supporting, agricultural operations.
Since the FARMER program first launched in 2018, projects implemented statewide will reduce 250 tons of fine particulate matter (PM 2.5), 4,200 tons of oxides of nitrogen (NOx), and 64,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent greenhouse gases.
The FARMER Program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment — particularly in disadvantaged communities.
The 18 shared pool districts were designated to ensure farmers in those smaller districts have the opportunity to access FARMER funding. The pool is managed by Placer County Air Pollution Control District.
CARB staff will be available at the World Ag Expo in Tulare on Feb. 11-13 to answer questions about this and other programs dedicated to improving air quality in agricultural communities.
As administrator of this shared pool district funding, Placer County APCD is not participating in this round of FARMER. Placer County farmers are urged to contact Placer APCD directly for ag equipment replacement opportunities using other funding sources.
CARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy. CARB is the lead agency for climate change programs and oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health-based air quality standards.