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Applications Due August 31 for FARMER funding to upgrade agricultural trucks, equipment, reduce pollution

$8.5 million available across 17 California air districts for purchase of cleaner agricultural trucks,

pump engines, tractors and more

Funds to replace old agricultural equipment and vehicles are now available for 17 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 $212 million in fiscal year 2021-22. Approximately $8.5 million is specifically
designated for districts that each contribute less than 1 percent of total statewide emissions
from agricultural equipment.
The application period for the 17 “shared pool” districts kicks off Monday, August 1, and runs
through August 31, 2022. 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
1,120 tons of fine particulate matter (PM 2.5), 18,700 tons of nitrogen oxides (NOx), and
169,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent greenhouse gases.
The 17 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.
The 17 districts are:
• Amador County APCD
• Antelope Valley AQMD
• Calaveras County APCD

• Eastern Kern County APCD
• El Dorado AQMD
• Great Basin Unified APCD
• Lake County AQMD
• Lassen County APCD
• Mariposa County APCD
• Mendocino County AQMD
• Modoc County APCD
• North Coast Unified AQMD
• Northern Sierra AQMD
• Placer County APCD
• Shasta County AQMD
• Siskiyou County APCD
• Tuolumne County APCD

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