For Immediate Release

June 7, 2007

For More Information:

Gabriele Ludwig

(209) 343-3234


June workshops will discuss ag engine replacement rules


A series of workshops in June will educate farmers about a new rule designed to lower emission levels from natural gas and diesel engines in the San Joaquin Valley. The first workshop is set for June 20 in Stockton and Modesto and will conclude with a June 29 session in Hanford.


As of Jan. 1, 2008, nearly all stationary and portable internal combustion engines that are over 50 horsepower in size in the San Joaquin Valley will have to be replaced or retrofitted to meet the rule requirements. Seven June workshops have been scheduled to provide rule detail and layout options for an engine owner/operator.


Owner/operators are encouraged to attend the informational meetings to learn how it will affect their operation and what measures are needed to ensure compliance. District staff, engine dealers, pump dealers, emission control vendors, and agricultural representatives will be available as a resource and will assist interested participants in reviewing their compliance options. Participants are encouraged to bring general information about the engines they operate with them to the workshop, and can have their questions answered individually.


Engine owners can apply for grant funding, which provides financial assistance to an engine owner that replaces equipment with a “cleaner-burning” engine. However, deadlines are short and funds are limited when it comes to complying with the new rule.

Meetings are hosted by a coalition of industry and SJVAPCD representatives that have been working together during the past year to parlay rule concerns and coordinate outreach to engine owners.


The workshop dates and locations are:


Meeting dates and locations:



* Wednesday June 20

9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m.

San Joaquin County Farm Bureau

3290 N Ad Art Rd., Stockton



* Wednesday, June 20

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Stanislaus Ag Center (Harvest Hall)

3800 Cornucopia Way, Modesto



* Tuesday, June 26


9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m.

Kerman Community Center

15100 W Kearney Blvd., Kerman



* Tuesday, June 26

1:30 p.m. ¨C 3:30 p.m.

Madera County Farm Bureau

1102 S Pine St., Madera



* Thursday, June 28

9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m.

UC Cooperative Extension Office

1031 S Mt. Vernon, Bakersfield



* Thursday, June 28

1:30 p.m. ¨C 3:30 p.m.

Tulare Ag Commissioners Office

4437 S Laspina, Tulare



* Friday, June 29

9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m.

Kings County Ag Department

680 N Campus Dr., Hanford