Lake County News, CA – FARMER program provides funds to replace old farm equipment
LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Applications for funds to replace old farm equipment and vehicles are available beginning Monday, August 1.
Replacing with cleaner equipment helps reduce harmful diesel exhaust and greenhouse gas emissions, and improves local air quality.
The statewide Agricultural Alternative Measures for Emissions Reductions, or FARMER, funding program received $212 million in fiscal year 2021-22.
About $8.5 million is specifically earmarked for 17 air districts that each contribute less than 1% of the state’s total emissions from agricultural equipment.
The application period for the “Shared Funding Pool” begins Monday, August 1 and ends August 31, 2022. FARMER funding is administered by California Air Districts, and farmers apply by submitting an application to the Management District of Lake County Air Quality, or LCAQMD.
To qualify, vehicles and equipment must be engaged in farming operations. Eligible project categories include:
• Heavy road agricultural trucks;
• Off-road vehicles, such as tractors;
• Stationary and portable power sources, such as agricultural pumps;
• Utility All-Terrain Vehicles (UTVs) or small tractors (eligible for replacement with electric UTVs); and
• Infrastructure engaged in, or supporting, agricultural operations.
Since the FARMER program 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 greenhouse gas equivalent carbon dioxide.
Application forms and program details are available at http://www.capcoa.org/farmer-program.
Applications must be received at the LCAQMD office no later than August 31, 2022 in order to be considered for funding.
Don’t wait until the last minute, submit your application as soon as possible.