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Funding Agricultural Replacement Measures for Emission Reductions (FARMER) Program

Applications and all supporting documentation for the FARMER Program were due by 5:00 pm on Monday March 9, 2020.  Tentative award letters will be mailed in May 2020.

 

Applications

Off-Road Equipment Replacement ApplicationStationary and Portable ApplicationOff-Road Engine Repower or Retrofit Application

 

The Feather River Air Quality Management District estimates it will have available $360,000 for Carl Moyer Program eligible projects and $940,000 available for FARMER Program eligible projects operating in Yuba and Sutter counties. Applications will be available starting January 15, 2020, at the District’s website www.fraqmd.org or at the District office located at 541 Washington Avenue, in Yuba City.  Applications will be accepted at the District office until 5:00 pm on March 9, 2020. 

For more information please attend the public workshop on February 26, 2020, at 10:00 am at the Sutter County Agricultural Department,142 Garden Hwy, Yuba City, CA, or visit www.fraqmd.org.

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.

 

Salvage Certification FormList of Salvage YardsProcess for Applicants

 

The Feather River Air Quality Management District administers 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.  

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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 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.

 

 

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. 

 

Project Types

  • On-Road Trucks

The on-road truck portion was administered by the Sacramento Metro AQMD for FARMER Year 1 and Year 2 funding.  The FARMER Year 3 grant award was reduced and only off-road projects are being funded in Yuba and Sutter counties at this time.  The FARMER Program is not accepting applications for on-road truck projects until the State Legislature allocates additional funding to the program.

If you have an existing FARMER On-Road truck grant through the Sac Metro AQMD, please contact Kristian Damkier at (916) 874-4892 or visit: http://airquality.org/businesses/incentive-programs/farmer-program with questions.  

  • 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 sspaethe@fraqmd.or for more information.

 

Policy and Procedures

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

Policies and Procedures Year 3.pdfCarl Moyer Program Policy and Procedures Manual