Ag Burning to be Banned Permanently in 2025
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has determined that all agricultural burning will be phased out entirely by January 1, 2025. The passage of a series of air quality bills in the early 2000’s by then CA Senator Dean Florez has now been fully enacted with ag burning being banned entirely by 2025.
CARB’s state board meeting held on February 25, 2021 was a lengthy discussion on this subject with many agricultural associations including Farm Bureaus speaking on behalf of the need to find alternatives, cost effective solutions, and funding to create more opportunities for the removal of orchard waste while biomass facilities are nearly extinct.
The SJVAPCD will be phasing out the already very limited ag burning over the next four years, working with the industry to find solutions for orchard waste removal. Agriculture requested direct help from the Governor’s office in establishing more funding for research and development of alternatives for biomass removal.
Visit the SJVAPCD website for the latest information on Ag Burning.
Learn more about a pilot Alternative to Ag Burning program here.
Meet a local Farm Bureau business member that helps with alternative orchard removal strategies, they can even help you apply for SJVAPCD and NRCS funding for orchard removal costs. Visit:
Levi Gill, owner