Replacing and recycling old tractors is benefiting the valley's air according to Valley Air.
Earlier this year, the California Air Resources Board awarded $108 million to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District as part of the Funding Agricultural Replacement Measures for Emission Reductions Program to reduce agricultural industry emissions.
According to Valley Air, through this funding, the program provides incentives for the replacement of old, high-polluting tractors and other agricultural equipment with the cleanest available new equipment.
Valley farmers can buy cleaner agricultural equipment with incentives paying up to 60% of the eligible cost, while their older tractors are then crushed under the program.
Qualifying farm equipment for replacement includes agricultural pumps, agricultural trucks, electric agricultural utility terrain vehicle and pull-behind, engine-driven agricultural equipment.