Funding Agricultural Replacement Measures for Emission Reductions (FARMER) Program

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Funding Agricultural Replacement Measures for Emission Reductions (FARMER) Program

Two Additional Workshops and Release of Draft Discussion Document and Workshop Presentation on FARMER Program Guidelines

California Air Resources Board (CARB) staff are holding two additional public workshops, in addition to the three workshops previously announced, on the development of the Funding Agricultural Replacement Measures for Emission Reductions (FARMER) Program Guidelines.  The workshops will provide an opportunity for the public to participate with CARB staff and other stakeholders in the development of the program guidelines.  All meeting materials will be the same in all locations. 

Details for the two additional workshops:

DATE:             Friday, February 2, 2018
TIME:              10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (PST)
LOCATION:    San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board
                       2375 Northside Drive
                       San Diego, California 92108

DATE:             Monday, February 5, 2018
TIME:              1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (PST)
LOCATION:    Tehama County Air Pollution Control District
                       1834 Walnut Street
                       Red Bluff, California 96080

Details for the three previously announced workshops:

DATE:             Wednesday, January 24, 2018
TIME:              10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (PST)
LOCATION:    Sonoma County Farm Bureau
                       3589 Westwind Boulevard
                       Santa Rosa, California 95403

DATE:             Friday, January 26, 2018
TIME:             10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (PST)
LOCATION:    California Air Resources Board
                       Monitoring and Laboratory Division
                       1927 13th Street
                       Sacramento, California 95811

Street parking is available, but limited.  The meeting in Sacramento will be available via webinar for those unable to attend in person.  The web broadcast can be accessed on the day of the workshop with the following webinar ID: 165-524-867. 


DATE:             Tuesday, January 30, 2018
TIME:              10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (PST)
LOCATION:    San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District
                       Central Valley Regional Office
                       1990 E. Gettysburg Avenue
                       Fresno, California 93726

The public can also attend this Central Valley workshop by video conference at the air district’s Modesto and Bakersfield offices at:

Modesto Office
4800 Enterprise Way
Modesto, CA 95356

Bakersfield Office
34946 Flyover Court
Bakersfield, CA 93308

CARB staff has posted a draft discussion document and workshop presentation for FARMER Program Guidelines in preparation for the public workshops above.  The Discussion Document describes CARB staff’s recommended agriculture-related investments from the following funding sources: 

  • $85 million from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) in Assembly Bill (AB) 134;
  • $15 million from the Air Quality Improvement Fund (AQIF) in AB 109; and
  • $35 million from the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Fund (ARFVTF) in AB 109. 

In September 2017, Governor Brown signed into law AB 134 (Committee on Budget, Chapter 254, Statutes of 2017) and AB 109 (Ting, Chapter 249, Statutes of 2017).  Together, these two bills appropriate $135 million from the State Budget for Fiscal Year 2017-18 to CARB for the reduction of criteria, toxic, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the agricultural sector.  

In both budget bills, agricultural harvesting equipment, heavy-duty trucks, agricultural pump engines, tractors, and other equipment used in agricultural operations are all listed as eligible for funding.

At these workshops, CARB staff will discuss and seek input on:

  • Proposed air district funding allocations;
  • Recommendations for eligible project categories; and
  • Recommendations on the FARMER Program design and requirements for all proposed project categories. 

Staff will incorporate input received at these workshops in the proposed FARMER Program Guidelines that will be posted on February 16 for a 30-day public comment period before Board consideration at CARB’s March Board Hearing. 

The draft discussion document and workshop presentation for the FARMER Program Guidelines can be found on the FARMER Program website. 


If you have questions regarding the workshop, please contact Ms. Erin Uchida, Air Resources Engineer, at (916) 323‑0002.