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2014 National Air Quality Initiative

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Financial and technical assistance is available for agricultural producers, private non-industrial forest landowners and range and pasture land managers through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program Air Quality Initiative. This initiative is designed to help producers meet air quality compliance requirements, as well as an opportunity to support practices which address impacts associated with particulate matter.

In eligible counties, this initiative will provide eligible producers with program support to address serious air quality concerns from agricultural operations and help meet regulatory requirements. 

Eligible Counties

Counties which have been identified as having significant air quality resource concerns related to designated non-attainment for emissions of Particulate Matter (PM) and PM Precursors:

  • Benton
  • King
  • Pierce
  • Spokane
  • Thurston
  • Walla Walla
  • Yakima

Conservation Activities Offered 

This is a competitive program, and you may be able to receive assistance to implement the following conservation activities: 

  • Mulch Till
  • No Till/Strip Till/Direct Seed
  • Windbreak/Shelterbelt
  • Air Filtration and Scrubbing
  • Combustion System Improvement
  • Dust Control from Animal Activity on Open Lot Surfaces
  • Dust Control on Unpaved Roads and Surfaces
  • Feed Management
  • And more

Fact Sheet

For an entire list of practices, view the fact sheet.


To be eligible for the program, applicants must be farmers or ranchers who earn a minimum agricultural income and meet other EQIP program requirements. For more detailed information, go to the EQIP Application Process FAQ. Eligible land uses are crop, forest, range, farmstead, and pasture.

How to Apply

To participate in the program, growers must work with NRCS to identify and plan conservation measures. NRCS works with farmers and ranchers to develop a conservation plan that includes a detailed description of the conservation activities and practices they want to implement on their land.

Funding Selection and Priorities

Priorities for EQIP funding are based on identified natural resource needs that are consistent with state and national EQIP priorities. Applications that best address natural resources as described in the ranking criteria are prioritized for funding.

EQIP National, State and Local Ranking Questions - COMING SOON


For additional Air Quality Initiative information, contact your nearest NRCS field office or:

State Point of Contact

Tracy Hanger
Soil Conservationist
316 W Boone, Ste. 450
Spokane, WA 99201