The Natural Resources Conservation Service is offering assistance to California growers by encouraging them to use new and innovative agricultural emission reduction practices and technologies that provide significant environmental benefits to our natural resources.
The Field Operations Emissions Reduction practice standard improves air quality by implementing and adjusting field operations and technologies from land preparation, planting, harvesting, and other field operations for reducing particulate matter (PM) emissions. This practice provides a payment for producers to combine tillage operations by utilizing equipment that allows multiple operations in a single pass. Reducing the number of field passes per crop rotation and avoiding the effects of thermal profile changes that cause additional entrainment of soil particulates helps with reducing PM emissions. Depending on the size and type of equipment, reducing field passes may also reduce fuel consumption and air pollutants from the combustion equipment.
California growers must meet eligibility requirements to qualify for payments.
All annually tilled row crops are eligible.
Adopt tillage practices utilizing equipment and technology that combines multiple operations in a single pass to reduce particulate matter emissions. As deliverables, the producer must provide a listing of how and when the emission reduction activities were applied and achieved.
To minimize emissions, producers are encouraged to adjust their field activities by conducting operations when relative humidity or soil moisture levels are higher, and when no or light wind conditions are forecasted to occur. Field operations should be limited or suspended during high-wind events.
The minimum contract length is four years.
Payments will occur on the first and third years of the contract. No payments are made on the second and fourth year of the contract.
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.