The West Coast region is home to some of the largest and most varied agricultural economies in the country. Whether it be grapes and dairy in California, lettuce in Arizona, apples in Washington, or potatoes in Idaho, the West Coast region grows a substantial amount of the country's food. Agriculture relies on diesel-powered equipment which can often be many years old. Modern diesel technology emits orders of magnitude less pollution than legacy diesel equipment, and increasingly alternative-fueled equipment such as battery-electric are becoming available in the agricultural sector. Linked here is information related to advanced technology, funding, and projects the WCC has funded through the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) program and others.

Agriculture Funding Opportunities

Agriculture Resources

U.S. EPA Resources

U.S. Department of Agriculture Resources

Other Resources

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The San Joaquin Valley (SJV) is California's largest agricultural region and the most productive agricultural region in the world, cultivating more than 250 crops. The SJV air basin is comprised of 8 counties and is surrounded by mountain ranges. The topography and weather of this region are conducive to the formation and accumulation of air pollution. The San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) oversees air quality for central California and has successfully implemented billions of dollars in funding to voluntarily reduce harmful emissions throughout the Valley. SJVAPCD has several grant programs that provide funding for agriculture to reduce emissions.

The WCC has supported several of SJVAPCD's incentive programs through our DERA and Targeted Airshed Grant (TAG) programs over the years. See our DERA project list and EPA's TAG funding list for project details.

One recently completed project provided 2019 DERA National funding to SJVAPCD to electrify agricultural distribution center yard trucks. This funding resulted in the replacement of 17 diesel-powered yard trucks operating at agricultural distribution centers throughout the Valley with zero-emission battery electric vehicles. Diesel fuel combustion generates greenhouse gases and air pollution that has serious human health and environmental effects. Zero-emission technologies such battery-electric or hydrogen fuel cell propulsion systems are becoming increasingly available and have no tailpipe emissions eliminating exposure to diesel exhaust.