The Natural Resources Conservation Service 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.
This practice provides a payment for establishing windbreaks and shelterbelts around confined animal facilities (CAFs). CAFs are sources of PM10 (particulate matter up to 10 microns in diameter), volatile organic compounds (VOC), and ammonia emissions through their everyday animal production activities and the waste they generate. Windbreaks and shelterbelts can reduce PM10 emissions by intercepting the particulate matter and containing them in the tree vegetation. Odors leaving a CAF are also reduced in areas downwind when a windbreak has been established. Priority is on sites located within nationally designated air quality non-attainment areas of California.
California growers must meet eligibility requirements to qualify for payments.
One-row, two-row, or three-row windbreaks/shelterbelts are eligible.
Trees and vegetation must be irrigated by systems meeting NRCS Practice Standards 441 (Irrigation System, Micro-irrigation) criteria and specifications or other NRCS-approved irrigation system.
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.