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Fact Sheet - Chipping of Orchard or Vineyard Removal (Code 384)

Fact Sheet - Chipping of Orchard or Vineyard Removal (Code 384)

Chipping Equipment


The Natural Resources Conservation Service is offering assistance by encouraging California growers to use innovative agricultural emission reduction practices and technologies that provide significant environmental benefits to our natural resources.

This practice provides a payment for chipping woody debris from orchard or vineyard removals. Chipping the orchard or vineyard debris helps avoid the oxides of nitrogen (NOx), volatile organic compounds (VOC), and particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5) air pollutants that would have otherwise been generated from burning these agricultural crop residues. Chipping also avoids smoke nuisances to downwind and sensitive receptors. Priority is placed on locations within nationally designated air quality non-attainment areas in California.

384 – Woody Residue Treatment

Program Specifics

California growers must meet eligibility requirements to qualify.

  • Orchards or vineyards removed for agricultural purposes are eligible. Land-use conversion from agricultural to non-agricultural use is ineligible.
  • Orchards or vineyards that have removed wood for firewood or other uses are not eligible.
  • A minimum two-year contract period is required with one single payment. The participant must initiate the project within one year.

Wood Chip Usages

  • Chips may be composted.
  • Chips may be left and spread in the field to decompose.
  • Chips may be applied on unpaved road surfaces for dust control purposes.
  • Chips may be hauled to and used by a biomass-fueled power plant or co-generation facility as renewable fuel.

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