Valley Air Board approves funding for two pilot programs important to the California almond industry

April 18, 2019 – – The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District Board has approved funding for two pilot programs very important to the California almond industry.

The Board voted unanimously to approve an additional $1 million of funding for the on-field alternatives to open burning of agricultural materials pilot incentive program.  This pilot program provides incentives to commercial agricultural operations located within Valley Air District boundaries to chip or shred agricultural material. The material must be used for soil incorporation or land application on agricultural land as an alternative to the open burning of the agricultural materials. Complete applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis while funds are available.

To learn more about this program and view the application, click here. 

The Board also voted unanimously to approve an additional $1 million of funding for the low dust nut harvester pilot incentive program.  The District is offering funding for the replacement of older, conventional harvesters or sweepers with new, low-dust technology equipment. This incentive funding can also be packaged with the Tractor Replacement funding to upgrade your tractor used to pull harvesting equipment.

To learn more about this program and view the application, click here.