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Small Farmer Certified Pre-Owned Agricultural Equipment Pilot Program

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Program Overview

The Small Farmer Certified Pre-Owned Ag Equipment Pilot Program provides incentive funds for the replacement of in-use, off-road mobile equipment that are engaged in agricultural operations as defined by the California Air Resources Board.  Funds are provided on a first come, first serve basis and applicants must obtain approval and have a signed, executed contract from the SJVAPCD prior to purchase of replacement equipment.  Any equipment purchased prior to contract execution is ineligible as this is not a rebate program.

This pilot program provides funding opportunities for small farmers in the San Joaquin Valley to replace Tier 0 or 1 agricultural equipment with certified pre-owned Tier 3 or cleaner equipment.

Please review the Program Guidelines for complete information about requirements and eligibility.

For any questions about the program, please contact staff at (559) 230-5800, or via e-mail at grants@valleyair.org

Guidelines & Application

* Must be submitted with every new application

Support Documents

The District has partnered with several dismantlers located throughout the San Joaquin Valley to fully implement the program in your area.  Please view the following list of dismantlers to locate a dismantler near you.

The OEM dealer must perform an evaluation of the pre-owned replacement equipment to determine eligibility.  This must be submitted complete and signed with the application.

In order to receive reimbursement, the following payment procedures packet must be completed and submitted to District Staff.  Email to grants@valleyair.org once complete.

Funding Eligibility Criteria

The funding is available for small farmers only and will be funded based on the total acreage of all of the applicant’s agricultural operations in the Valley.  The incentive is not to exceed 80% of all eligible equipment costs.
Size of Operation(s) Total Acreage of
all Ag Operations
in the Valley (acres)
SJVAPCD Incentive*
Small 1 - 100 80% of eligible equipment costs

* The maximum eligible incentive amount is calculated up to the cost-effectiveness limit and may not necessarily reflect the maximum funding amount based on the aforementioned funding table

General Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible equipment includes but is not limited to wheel loaders, balers, combines, graders or tractors
  • Current equipment must be self-propelled, for off-road agricultural use with a compression-ignition (CI) engine
  • Must currently be in-use and in operable condition
  • Must be domiciled and operated annually 75% within CA and 50% within SJVAPCD (see map to verify)
  • Must have an Uncontrolled (Tier 0), or Tier 1 engine with a horsepower rating of 25 or greater
  • Replacement equipment must be Tier 3 or cleaner and have a functional hour meter with between 501-10,000 hours
  • Must be purchased from an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM Dealer), private party transactions are ineligible
  • Must serve the same function and perform the same work equivalent as the current (old) equipment
  • Must pass an eligibility evaluation by the OEM dealer (criteria provided in the application packet)

* Please refer to Program Guidelines for the full list of eligibility criteria.