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Funding Agricultural Replacement Measures for Emission Reductions (FARMER) Program

Please take notice that the Feather River Air Quality Management District will have applications available for the Funding Agricultural Replacement Measures for Emission Reductions Program (FARMER) beginning on January 13, 2023. The District estimates that it will have approximately $1.5 million for eligible projects operating in Yuba and Sutter Counties. Completed applications should be delivered in person or by mail to the District office at 541 Washington Avenue, Yuba City, CA 95991. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 PM on Monday March 13, 2023. Completed applications may also be placed in the mail slot at the District office or mailed to 541 Washington Avenue, Yuba City, CA 95991. 

Eligible projects include off-road equipment repower or replacement, and stationary/portable agricultural irrigation engine repowers. Only one application is accepted per year.

 

FARMER Year 5 Grant Applications

Printable Applications:

Application for Ag Pump Repower and ElectrifyApplication for Off-Road Repower and RetrofitApplication for Off-Road Equipment ReplacementOff-Road Equipment Replacement New Equipment Supplemental HP Increase Form

Fillable Applications: 

Application for Ag Pump Repower and ElectrifyApplication for Off-Road Repower and RetrofitApplication for Off-Road Equipment ReplacementOff-Road Equipment Replacement New Equipment Supplemental HP Increase Form

 

Public Workshop Information:

For more information, please attend the public workshop on Friday February 10, 2023, at 2:00 pm. The public workshop will be held virtually using Zoom and will also be assessable by telephone. In addition, the District will hold drop-in virtual or telephone meetings to assist interested applicants as described below. 

To join the public workshop on February 10 by Zoom:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82248488871?pwd=M0YxbkNmZjkxbjMya0pobG9zeGJIUT09

To join the workshop by phone:
 Dial 1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 822 4848 8871
Passcode: 968180
 

Drop In Hours

A schedule of the drop-in meetings will be posted to the website on February 1, 2023. 

 

California Climate Investments Logo

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.

 

 

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.  

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. 

 

List of Salvage YardsSalvage Certification Form

Project Types

 

Off-Road Equipment

The off-road portion shall be administered by the Feather River AQMD.   Please contact Peter Angelonides at (530) 634-7659 ext 209 or pangelonides@fraqmd.or for more information.

 

Policy and Procedures

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

F.A.R.M.E.R. Year 5 Policy and Procedures