Agricultural Burning

Current Open Burning Requirements

In order to achieve the near-complete prohibition of open agricultural burning by 2025, District staff have worked in close consultation with the California Air Resources Board (CARB), other agencies, the interested public, and agricultural stakeholders to develop an updated phase-out schedule for agricultural burning in the San Joaquin Valley. The updated schedule was developed per CARB recommendations and concurrence action, through analysis of historical burn data, and research into the costs and feasibility of various alternatives.

Please review the following documents for more details on the phase-out schedule by crop category:

More information regarding The District's 2020 Staff Report and Recommendations on Agricultural Burning is available here.

Grant Funding Available

The Ag Burn Alternatives Grant Program provides incentives to commercial agricultural operations located within Valley Air District boundaries to chip or shred agricultural material.

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