Fact Sheet - Precision Pest Control Application (Code 595)
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering 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, payments are available to California growers who plan to adopt new precision pesticide spray application technologies to address site specific management of variable pest populations.
DPR has tools available to estimate VOC emissions from pesticides, which are posted on their website at:
California growers must meet eligibility requirements to qualify for payments.
The precision pest control application must provide at least a 20 percent 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, or spray nozzle, electro-static spray, open flame desiccation, or other lower spray 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.
Two treatment options are available.
Option 1: A minimum two-year contract, one single payment. Precision pest control technology is implemented within the first year of the contract. As deliverables, the producer provides use reports for the contract acres where precision pest control technology was applied.
Option 2: A four-year contract with payments made in the first and third years of the contract. A basic IPM plan is developed per UC guidelines for a single target pest of the crop in-which the precision pest control technology is to be used. This option is only available for crops and pests with an existing set of year-round activities as defined in the UC IPM website. Deliverables are (1) use reports for the contracted acres; and, (2) documentation as specified by the UC for a Basic IPM plan for "one pest". This documentation would include all activities and monitoring records as specified by the UC IPM program for one principle pest targeted by the precision pest control technology.
For More Information
For more information about the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, 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 http://www.ca.nrcs.usda.gov.