The Natural Resources Conservation Service is offering conservation assistance by encouraging California growers to use new and innovative agricultural emission reduction practices and technologies that provide significant environmental benefits to our natural resources.
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) adopted regulations requiring reductions in volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions from agricultural pesticide and herbicide use.
To assist with these emission reduction efforts, the California Air Quality Initiative may provide payment assistance to California growers who adopt new precision pesticide spray application technologies to reduce potential VOC emissions that prevent or mitigate risks to air quality. Funding priorities are based on a screening and ranking process that considers the benefits of planned conservation practices, as identified by local, state and national priorities. The California Department of Pesticide Regulation has tools available to estimate VOC emissions from pesticides, which are posted on their website at:
Practice Standard 595 – Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program Specifics
California growers must meet EQIP eligibility requirements to qualify for payments.
The precision pest control application must provide a 20% reduction in VOC emissions over conventional application.
Precision pesticide spray technologies that have peer- reviewed research documentation of the VOC-reducing capabilities are eligible. Priority is for Photo ID and Sonar sensing-type technologies.
Not eligible are non-Photo ID targeting applicators, spray nozzle modification technology, electro-static spray, open flame desiccation, or other non-target recognition technologies. Also not eligible are precision sprayer technologies already used on the property.
The land enrolled under the contract must be owned or in long-term control of the producer, be in cropland, and be part of a field that is currently being treated with VOC- containing materials. Use reports for the planned acres should be reviewed by NRCS as part of the EQIP application. For Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emission concerns, apply at least one IPM mitigation technique from the Pesticide Volatilization section of Agronomy Technical Note 5 - Pest Management in the Conservation Planning Process.
The treatment option available is for a mitigation score in Tech Note 5 of up to 20.
A four-year contract with payments made in the first and third years of the contract.
An IPM plan developed per UC guidelines for a single target pest of the crop in-which the precision pest control technology is to be used.
For More Information
For more information about the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), please contact your local USDA Service Center, listed in the government section of the phone book under U.S. Department of Agriculture. Information is also available on the Internet at www.ca.nrcs.usda.gov.