The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has $19 million available for eligible farmers to implement conservation practices that benefit air quality, which help to reduce on-farm emissions.
Funds are available to:
- Replace old diesel-powered farm equipment with similar new equipment powered with the cleanest Tier emissions-certified diesel engines;
- Repower irrigation engines with new electric motors or new Tier 4 emissions-certified diesel engines;
- Adopt no-till or reduced-till conservation tillage practices;
- Utilize combined-tillage implements that perform multiple tasks in a single pass;
- Stabilize unpaved roads and traffic areas to limit dust;
- Establish windbreaks and shelterbelts at Confined Animal Feeding Operations;
- Chip debris from orchard or vineyard removals;
- Apply the safe handling and disposal of chemically-treated wooden stakes;
- Use “low-dust” nut harvesters instead of the conventional harvesters (New in 2016).
Since 2009, NRCS has helped California’s farmers replace more than 3,000 old, polluting farm equipment. The emissions reductions from these replacements is the equivalent of having removed approximately one million cars from California’s roads.
NRCS accepts EQIP applications year-round and establishes cut-off dates for making funding selections. May 26 is the next cut-off date when funding decisions will be made for all eligible and ranked applications.