Funding Agricultural Replacement Measures for Emission Reductions (FARMER) Program

Applications for the FARMER Program are now accepted.  Applications and all supporting documentation is due by 5:00 pm on March 11, 2019.

Download the Application here:

Off-Road Equipment Replacement ApplicationStationary or Portable Agricultural Sources ApplicationOff-Road Repower and/or Retrofit Application

 

 

The Feather River Air Quality Management District is soliciting projects for both the Carl Moyer Air Standards Attainment (Carl Moyer) Program and the Funding Agricultural Measures for Emission Reductions (FARMER) Program. The equipment must operate in Yuba or Sutter counties and all projects must comply with the 2017 Carl Moyer Guidelines.  Both the Carl Moyer Program and the FARMER Program will use the same application forms.

The California Air Resources Board awarded $135 million statewide to reduce emissions from the agricultural section, which came to be known as the FARMER Program.  The District has $440,000 available for agricultural off-road repower and replacement projects and the replacement of irrigation pump engines from the FARMER Program. The FARMER Program is supported by California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment – particularly in disadvantaged communities.

Projects applying under both Programs must comply with the 2017 Carl Moyer Guidelines and will apply to the District using the same application.  Applications will be available starting January 11, 2019, at the District’s website www.fraqmd.org or at the District office located at 541 Washington Avenue, in Yuba City.

The District will hold a public workshop for interested applicants on January 30, 2019, at 10:00 am in the Marysville Room at the Yuba County Government Center, 915 8th Street, Maryville, CA. 

Applications will be accepted until 5:00 pm on March 11, 2019. 

Applications should be delivered to the District office, located at 541 Washington Avenue, Yuba City, CA 95991.  The maximum award amount is $150,000 per project.  Only one application per entity will be accepted as the District shall select projects by random draw. Off-road equipment replacement projects may qualify for a grant award up to 65% of the cost of the new equipment, depending on cost-effectiveness of the project.  Engine repower and irrigation pump electrification projects may qualify for up to 85% of the cost of the new engine or motor, depending on cost-effectiveness.  The cost-effectiveness is the cost per ton of pollutants reduced and depends on varying factors including emissions of existing engine, annual usage, time under contract, cost of new engine/equipment, and emissions of new engine/equipment.  For more information, please call 530‑634-7659 or visit www.fraqmd.org.

Program Background

In September 2017, CARB received $135 million to reduce emissions from the agricultural sector from Assembly Bill (AB) 134 (Committee on Budget, Chapter 254, Statutes of 2017) and AB 109 (Ting, Chapter 249, Statutes of 2017).  The bills provide funding for agricultural harvesting equipment, heavy-duty trucks, agricultural pump engines, tractors, and other equipment used in agricultural operations.  CARB staff worked with local air districts and stakeholders to develop the proposed Funding Agricultural Replacement Measures for Emission Reductions (FARMER) Program Guidelines, which set the minimum requirements for the program and ensure that the projects funded will provide the intended emission reductions. 

In March 2018, the Board approved the FARMER Program Guidelines.  The administration of the FARMER Program is handled through the local air districts and local air districts will select which projects to fund. 

The FARMER Program is supported in part by California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work. 

Funding Available

The Feather River Air Quality Management District was allocated $2,257,800 in the FARMER Program Guidelines.  The District Board allocated $1,250,000 towards agricultural on-road diesel trucks and $1,007,800 towards off-road agricultural equipment.

Project Types

  • On-Road Trucks

The on-road truck portion shall be administered by the Sacramento Metro AQMD.  The FARMER Program is now accepting applications for on-road truck projects. Please contact Kristian Damkier at (916) 874-4892 or visit: http://airquality.org/businesses/incentive-programs/farmer-program for more information or to apply.  

  • Off-Road Equipment

The off-road portion shall be administered by the Feather River AQMD.   Please contact Sondra Spaethe at (530) 634-7659 ext 210 or (redacted) for more information.

Policy and Procedures

The FRAQMD adopted FARMER Policy and Procedures, which is available here:

Policy and Procedures FARMER Program

Program Timing

The FRAQMD allocated the first half of FARMER off-road funding towards waiting list Carl Moyer Year 20 applications.  The FRAQMD will be accepting new applications for the second half of the FARMER funding along with Carl Moyer Year 21 applications starting January 11, 2019.