Application period still open for San Joaquin Valley Air District Dairy Feed Mixer Incentive Program

Catherine Machado, MPC Northern Central Valley Representative

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is still accepting applications for the Electric Dairy Feed
Mixing Pilot Program and we encourage anyone interested in applying to contact MPC staff to get more
information about the benefits of this program and how it can be implemented into your operation.





 

Since the opening of the application process, I’ve had the opportunity to work with several dairy farmers to help
them get their applications completed and submitted. Here are some questions I’ve heard throughout this process,
which may be helpful for you to determine if this program is right for you.

Q: Does the program only fund the electric mixer?

A: NO. The program funds all improvements made to the ENTIRE feeding operation. This includes, but is not
limited to, the electric mixer(s), conveyor(s), replacing old loaders, tractors, hay squeeze, etc. for newer, higher
tiered equipment with cleaner engines and a much lower rate of emissions. The Air District will be funding 75%
of the total eligible project costs.

Q: Can I still apply even if I’m not ready to implement this change within the year?

A: YES. It’s important to get your application in as soon as possible to “hold a spot” in the program, but if your
turn comes up and you’re not ready, you will simply be put back in the queue.





 

The application process includes consideration of the following:

1. What does your operation look like
now?
a. Equipment
b. Total time to complete
feeding
c. Gallons of diesel currently
used
2. What will the new operation look
like? What can we do to increase
your feed program’s efficiency
while also reducing as many
emissions as possible?
a. New equipment
b. Potential reduction of hours to complete feed operation by:
i. Restructuring your commodity barn and where you keep your feed to make it more
accessible
ii. Increasing pounds of feed per load with the larger delivery boxes thus reducing total loads
3. Consider which vendors you want to use and get bids on the new equipment, concrete, and electrical work that will be necessary for your project.

This funding opportunity can be a complete feed operation renovation, designed however you want, to maximize efficiency on your dairy and thus reducing your feed operation’s total time by more than half. If you are interested in applying or having a conversation to learn more about the program, please contact me at catherine@milkproducers.org or 559-363-0313.