Funding Agricultural Replacement Measures for Emission Reductions (FARMER)
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What does it fund?
Agricultural harvesting equipment, heavy-duty trucks, agricultural pump engines, tractors, and other equipment used in agricultural operations.
Who is eligible for funds?
Local air districts receive funds based on a formula and award them to farmers and agricultural businesses for individual projects.
Are there recent policy changes?
Two additional project categories were added in April 2022. One new category is for Zero-Emission Agricultural Equipment. The other category is the Used Agricultural Equipment for Small Producers Pilot Project in the San Joaquin Valley, which allows small producers that may not have the means to purchase new equipment to replace their Tier 0 or Tier 1 equipment with used Tier 3 or cleaner equipment.
How does this program provide benefits to priority populations?
80 percent of FARMER funding is directed to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, which has the highest overlap of farmland and disadvantaged and low-income communities. Air districts may also choose to prioritize projects that provide benefits to priority populations. Staff assist with disadvantaged and low-income community outreach and provide technical assistance for small growers in disadvantaged and low-income communities.
How do I access funds?
Air districts administer and select projects for their region. To access funds, apply through your local air district.
Cumulative Outcomes as of September 2022
- $685 million allocated
- $347.6 million implemented
- $191.2 million benefitting priority populations*
- 8,057 projects implemented
- 203,000 MTCO2e GHG reductions
- 22,400 tons of NOₓ reductions
- 2,630 tons of ROG reductions
- 1,350 tons of PM 2.5 reductions
*Values based on the portion of the projects funded through California Climate Investments.
- Air Pollution Control Fund
- Air Quality Improvement Fund
- Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Fund
- California Tire Recycling Management Fund
- General Fund
- Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund
Last updated: March 2023