NRCS – Funding to Improve Air Quality for Ag

Release No.:  03.03.14   ­

Contact: Jeff Harlow,

Assistant State Conservationist (Programs)

NRCS Improves Air Quality in Washington State

Agricultural producers located in priority counties will be able to participate

SPOKANE, WA (March 3, 2014) — USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will be offering an initiative to improve air quality in selected counties in Washington State in fiscal year 2014.

Financial and technical assistance is available for agricultural producers, private non-industrial forest landowners and range and pasture land managers through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program Air Quality Initiative. In eligible counties, this initiative will provide producers with program support to address serious air quality concerns.

“This initiative is designed to help producers meet air quality compliance requirements, as well as an opportunity to put into place conservation practices that address impacts associated with particulate matter,” said Jeff Harlow, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs.

Eligible producers will receive assistance for installing conservation systems that may include practices such as windbreak/shelter belts, dust control from animal activity on open lot surfaces, dust control on unpaved roads and surfaces, air filtration and scrubbing, combustion system improvement – replacing diesel engines, residue and tillage management practices and feed management.  A more complete practice list can be found in field offices. For an extensive list of practices offered, view the fact sheet online.

Eligible counties which have been identified by the Environmental Protection Agency as having significant air quality resource concerns related to designated nonattainment for emissions of Particulate Matter (PM) and PM Precursors are: King, Pierce, Spokane, Thurston, Walla Walla and Yakima. A nonattainment area is an area considered to have air quality worse than the National Ambient Air Quality Standards as defined in the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1970.

NRCS accepts applications for financial assistance on a continuous basis throughout the year. All applications for funding consideration during this fiscal year must be received by March 21, 2014.

For more information about NRCS’ programs, initiatives and services in Washington State, visit us online at