On September 24, 2018, CARB's Executive Officer approved additional project categories and modifications to an existing project category within the FARMER Program, as summarized below.
Additional Category for Heavy-Duty Agricultural Trucks: Funding for agricultural trucks was initially available in the FARMER Program under the Carl Moyer Program-eligible project categories. However, agricultural trucks are typically low-use due to the seasonality of agriculture or are custom-built for specialty work making these trucks expensive, and therefore, not cost‑effective under other incentive programs. To provide assistance for these trucks, the FARMER Program will provide up to 65 percent of the cost of a new or used truck that meets the 2010 emission standard of 0.20 g/bhp-hr NOX.
Additional Category for Equipment Unavailable with Similar Horsepower Ratings: Some off-road agricultural equipment are no longer produced at similar horsepower ratings as older models. For this project category, the FARMER Program will keep the cost‑effectiveness threshold consistent with the Carl Moyer Program, up to $30,000 per ton of weighted emission reductions, and provide funding for up to 80 percent of the cost of the replacement equipment, regardless of horsepower rating, as long as the equipment serves the same function and performs the same work. Additionally, multiple pieces of equipment may be scrapped, if necessary, to make the project cost-effective.
Modified Zero-Emission Agricultural UTV Project Category: The administrative requirements for zero-emission agricultural UTVs have been modified in order to streamline implementation. Under the modified criteria for zero‑emission agricultural UTVs, districts are still expected to audit a set percentage of projects to ensure they are achieving the expected emission reductions and that all requirements are being met, but pre- and post-inspections by air district staff are no longer required. Further, the required towing capacity of the replacement zero-emission UTVs has been reduced to 500 pounds.
These project categories are available for funding immediately. For more information on these project categories, download the resource document.