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Financial and technical assistance is available for agricultural producers through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program Air Quality Initiative.

There are three categories to the Air Quality Program. The AFO/CAFO Category will treat particulate matter, ozone, greenhouse gases, and odors from livestock operations. The PM10 Category will focus on PM10 that is mechanically generated by actions that disaggregate the soil on crop and pastureland. Lastly, the PM2.5- Category will focus on PM2.5 in orchards and vineyards as a result of frost control methods that burn wood or petroleum based oils (smudge pots). 

Eligible Counties

Producers who qualify can receive assistance for implementing conservation systems that may include practices associated with particulate matter and greenhouse gas emissions. 

Eligible counties for the AFO/CAFO Category are:
Adams, Franklin, Grant, King, Yakima, Skagit, Snohomish and Thurston.

Eligible counties for the PM10 Category include:
Adams, Benton, Douglas, Franklin, Grant, Lincoln, Okanogan, Walla Walla, Yakima, and Klickitat. 

Eligible counties for the PM2.5 Category include:
Benton, Franklin, Chelan, Okanogan, Grant and Yakima.

Conservation Activities Offered 

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

  • Conservation Cover
  • Residue and Tillage Management
  • Windbreak/Shelterbelt Establishment
  • Combustion System Improvement
  • Nutrient Management
  • Waste Recycling
  • And More!


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. In addition to the application, all applicants must have USDA program eligibility paperwork completed and turned in by this date.  

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

State Point of Contact

Tracy Hanger
State Agronomist 
316 W Boone, Ste. 450
Spokane, WA 99201