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Users of agricultural equipment asked to complete survey

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A survey could lead to new regulations for farm equipment in California.
A survey could lead to new regulations for farm equipment in California.

Members of agricultural associations in California are being asked to take a survey regarding their off-road machinery, which would include farm equipment.

According to the California Farm Bureau Federation, the survey is meant to help fuel conversations with the California Air Resources Board, which could lead to implementing new regulations for agricultural equipment with more than 25 horsepower.

A similar study was done in 2008 for on-road diesel trucks, which led to new regulations that were flexible in regard to the agricultural community. Cynthia Cory, environmental affairs director for the CFBF, said the 2008 survey "helped establish low-mileage thresholds and longer compliance schedules for truck replacement."

"The information from this off-road agricultural equipment survey will be used in the same manner, to help develop a rule that provides air quality improvements while taking into account the significant cost impact to California farmers and ranchers," Cory said.

According to the site dedicated to the farm equipment survey, forms will be accepted until December 31. The survey should take participants about 20 minutes to complete.

According to the CARB's website, the agency is currently in the process of developing new standards for farm equipment, which it hopes to present by the end of 2010.
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