Southern California Farmers are Eligible for NRCS Air Quality Assistance

RIVERSIDE, Calif., April 21, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Technical and financial  assistance is available through USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to help farmers and ranchers in Southern California to make improvements in their operations that can lead to improved air quality. Assistance is made available through NRCS’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

EQIP applications are accepted year-round, but interested producers need to be ready by May 26, 2017, to be considered for this year’s funding. To be ready for EQIP funding consideration, interested applicants will need to submit the application form and meet program eligibility requirements.  NRCS staff will work together by developing a conservation plan, which can lead towards approval of the ‘EQIP schedule of operations.’

NRCS can help agricultural producers implement conservation practices that reduce air pollution from agricultural sources, including chipping orchard or vineyard debris, tillage management, repower in-use irrigation pump engines, and implementation of “low-dust” nut harvesters. These examples are available statewide for all qualifying producers.

In addition, NRCS has another popular conservation practice that helps farmers replace their older in-use, higher-polluting, diesel-powered tractors with cleaner Tier 4 emissionsEmissions of greenhouse gases, greenhouse gas precursors, and aerosols associated with human activities, including the burning of fossil fuels, deforestation, land-use changes, livestock, fertilisation, etc. (IPCC)-certified diesel-powered tractors. This specific practice is targeted to counties that have been identified as having significant air quality resource concerns by being designated as nonattainment for OzoneOzone, the tri-atomic form of oxygen, is a gaseous atmospheric constituent. In the troposphere, ozone is created both naturally and by photochemical reactions involving gases resulting from human activities (smog). Troposphere ozone acts as a greenhouse gas. In the stratosphere, ozone is created ... or Particulate Matter by the United State Environmental Protection Agency. These areas experience air pollution levels that persistently exceed the National Ambient Air Quality Standards established by the Clean Air Act.

For fiscal year 2017, the approved counties for tractor and replacement in Southern California include: Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura.

Contact information for local NRCS service centers is available at

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SOURCE USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service

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