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Windbreak/Shelterbelt Establishment Around Confined Animal Facilities (Code 380)



The Natural Resources Conservation Service is offering conservation assistance by encouraging California growers to establish windbreaks and shelterbelts around confined animal facilities (CAFs). These facilities are sources of PM10 (particulate matter up to 10 microns

in diameter), volatile organic compounds (VOC), and ammonia emissions. Windbreaks and shelterbelts can reduce PM10 emissions by intercepting particulate matter and contain it within the tree vegetation. Odors leaving a CAF are also reduced in areas downwind when windbreaks are established. Windbreaks can also play an often unnoticed role of improving aesthetics on and around the operation.

The California Air Quality Initiative may provide payment assistance for Confined Animal Facilities installing this practice. Funding priorities are based on a screening and ranking process that considers the benefits of planned conservation practices, as identified by local, state and national priorities.

Program Guidelines

  • 380 – Windbreak/Shelterbelt Establishment
  • 441 – Irrigation System, Micro-irrigation

Program Specifics

California growers must meet EQIP eligibility requirements to qualify for payments.

  • One-row, two-row, or three-row windbreaks/shelterbelts are eligible.
  • Planners are encouraged to incorporate various species to minimize mortality issues and provide differing growth patterns
  • 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 (EQIP), 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