Funds Available for Agricultural Producers Implementing Air Pollution Reduction Strategies

  • Jul 12, 2016

California avocado growers implementing conservation practices that reduce air pollution from agricultural sources can apply for financial assistance. The funds are being made available via the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Financial assistance is available for producers seeking to improve and maintain air quality in targeted counties with air pollution levels that exceed the National Ambient Air Quality Standards. The following counties may be eligible:

Alameda, Butte, Calaveras, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Fresno, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tulare, Ventura, Yolo, and Yuba.

Typical conservation efforts for air pollution reduction include: 

  • Replacing high-polluting off-road mobile farm equipment
  • Transitioning to cleaner irrigation pump engines and electric motors

In order to be considered for 2016 funds, growers must complete the application process by July 29. To apply for National Air Quality Initiative (NAQI) funds, producers must complete an Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) NAQI application. Applicants must also:

  • Meet NAQI eligibility requirements
  • Develop a conservation plan
  • Approve their “EQIP schedule of operations”

For more information, growers can review the following documents:

 

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