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Dust Control from Animal Activity on Open Lot Surfaces (Code 375)

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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.

Animal Feeding Operations (AFO) are sources of fugitive dust emissions, volatile organic compounds (VOC), and ammonia emissions. Establishing a water application system at open lots will help address the air quality resource concerns by sufficiently wetting the disturbed surface areas from animal activities and reduce fugitive dust and particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5) emissions. This practice applies to any open lot surface (e.g. open lot area, holding pen, corral or working alley) where animal activities occur and provides a payment to install solid-set sprinklers to apply water to these areas.

This practice incentivizes the adoption of technology used in conservation residue and tillage management practices. 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 within nationally designated air quality non-attainment areas in California.

Program Guidelines - 375 - Dust Control from Animal Activity on Open Lot Surfaces

Program Specifics

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

  • Water application systems for control fugitive particulate matter emissions meet the applicable design criteria in NRCS Conservation Practice Standard 442 – Sprinkler Systems.

  • An adequate water supply is available to meet other AFO operating needs during sprinkler system operations.

  • The quality of water applied through the dust control sprinkler system is suitable for animal consumption.

  • The system is designed where the maximum sprinkler application rate and volume do not cause excessive water runoff or ponding.                          

  • Main lines and laterals meet the applicable design criteria of either NRCS Conservation Practice Standards 430 – Irrigation Pipeline or 516 – Livestock Pipeline.

  • Pump and power units are adequately sized to efficiently operate the water application system at design capacities and pressures. Pumping plants meet the applicable design criteria in NRCS Conservation Practice Standard 533 – Pumping Plant. Electrical components, including wiring, boxes and connectors, meet the applicable national, state or local electric code requirements. Power units should utilize electric motors. However, those utilizing diesel engines should meet Tier 3 or cleaner emission standards.

  • Operator shall ensure that system design and operation meets the applicable national, state or local regulations and guidelines.

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