Funding Agricultural Replacement Measures for Emission Reductions (FARMER) Program

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:

FRAQMD FARMER Policy & Procedures.pdf

Program Timing

The FRAQMD will be allocating 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 around December 2018.