Idaho Crop Residue Disposal Program
(Smoke Management)


On March 7, 2008, Governor Otter signed House Bill 557 into law, transferring authority for the Crop Residue burning program from the Idaho State Department of Agriculture to the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality. This statute was the result of months of intense negotiations between growers, environmental groups, state agencies and commodity representatives and laid the framework for the reinstatement of agricultural field burning in Idaho.

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) currently manages the burning of agricultural field residue in Idaho, outside of tribal reservation boundaries. Permits to burn field residue, investigations of field burning complaints and enforcing legal prohibitions related to agricultural field burning will be conducted by DEQ. For information regarding the DEQ Crop Residue burning program and contact information for complaints, go to the following link: http://www.deq.idaho.gov/air-quality/burning/crop-residue-burning.aspx.