How does agriculture impact air quality?
The federal Clean Air Act requires that air pollutant emissions be controlled from all significant sources in areas that do not meet the national ambient Air quality standards. Air Quality regulation for agriculture requires farmers and nurserymen in certain parts of Maricopa, Pinal, and Yuma Counties to implement Best Management Practices to reduce particulate emissions from tilling and harvesting, fallow cropland and non cropland areas.
How do Best Management Practices help?
An agricultural Best Management Practice is a practical, economical and feasible technique to reduce particulate matter from regulated agricultural activities. A wide range of variation in soils and cropping systems requires that BMPs are addressed on a case by case basis and fitted to specific farms. The BMPs are based on principles that slow or control soil movement from both cropland and non-cropland. Flexible BMPs for controlling PM10 is an effective and common sense practice that improves local and regional air quality.
Is my operation compliant?
The Agricultural Consultation and Training program ( ACT) offers a non-regulatory compliance assistance program for farmers and nurserymen to ensure compliance with laws and rules that address air quality standards.
During the on site visit, a consultant will:
- Provide information on air quality PM10 standards
- Discuss overall compliance with local, state and federal air quality regulations
- Identify compliance difficulties
- Assist in the selection of agricultural PM10 best management practices
- Offer options available to ensure compliance
Agricultural Worker Training
If you would like to find out more about the ACT compliance assistance program or request a free on-site visit, call (602) 542-3484 or (800) 294-0308 Toll Free Outside the Phoenix Area.
- Order a free Air Quality DVD
- Be included on the Air Quality and Agriculture Newsletter mailing
- Receive an email notification of the Dust Control Action Forecast on HIGH risk days
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How do I find more information about clean air and best management practices?
Air Quality Publication
Maricopa County Crop PM10 Best Management Practices Guide
Pinal County Crop PM10 Best Management Practices Guide
Dairy PM10 Best Management Practices Guide
Feedlot PM10 Best Management Practices Guide
Poultry PM10 Best Management Practices Guide
Swine PM10 Best Management Practices Guide
Maricopa County Non-Attainment Area (Map)
Yuma County Agricultural BMP record (PDF)
Yuma County guide ( PDF)
Yuma County Nonattainment Area map
Air Quality Brochure (English) (PDF)
Air Quality Brochure (Spanish) (PDF) - This translation or communication is unofficial and is not binding on this State or a political subdivision of this State.
Conforme al artículo XXVIII de la constitución del Arizona, la lengua oficial del estado del Arizona es inglés. Excepto según lo proporcionado de otra manera por la ley, las traducciones o las comunicaciones en una lengua con excepción del inglés son oficiosas y no están atando en este estado.
Open Burn (PDF)
Plain English Guide to the Clean Air Act
For more information email Rusty Van Leuven or call (602)-542-3484, or 1-800-294-0308 (outside of Maricopa County)