If you've ever gone to a farmers’ market, checked out at a grocery
store, pumped gas, or wondered if your produce was truly organic,
you've benefitted from the Dept. of Agriculture/Weights &
Measures. While you go about your daily lives, we protect you against
the spread of harmful pests, monitor pesticide use, and ensure price
accuracy and proper package labeling.
We stand for a thriving agricultural community, healthy residents, and consumer confidence in the weight, quantity, and price of things you purchase locally.
As part of the County’s Land Use & Environment Group, we're here to help you thrive, and we look forward to serving you.
Agriculture/Weights and Measures
Promote agricultural trade, public health, food security, consumer confidence, and a sustainable environment for the San Diego region.
Here's a sample of what we do:
- Ensure the safe use of pesticides and investigate illnesses.
- Prevent the establishment of pests that require pesticide controls, sting or severely injure people, or inhibit growing fresh nutritious fruits, vegetables, and other plants.
- Promote the use of effective biocontrol measures.
- Regulate organic growers, certified producers, and certified farmers’ markets to allow local marketing of fresh commodities.
- Ensure accurate net quantity of packaged goods and accuracy of commercial weighing, measuring, and scanning devices.
- Protect people from injury and disease caused by wildlife.
Information can be translated to preferred languages using the Google Translate option at the top right corner of the page. Look for:
***TROPICAL CYCLONE HILARY***
If you experienced impacts or crop loss due to Tropical Cyclone Hilary, please document fill out the Cyclone Hilary Damage Assessment Form to allow for compilation of damages that can be reported to emergency services. Please email the form back to email@example.com.
COYOTE FIRE IN POTRERO
If you are an agricultural/livestock operation and have experienced any damages or impacts due to this fire, please fill out the Coyote Fire Agricultural Damage Assessment Form and email it back to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mexican Fruit Fly Quarantine Ends in Valley Center
On July 1, 2023, the quarantine for Mexican Fruit Fly (MXFF) ended in Valley Center and surrounding areas. The quarantine was declared on August 16, 2022, after the detection of five adult flies. The nearly year-long effort to contain and eradicate MXFF was a collaborative effort between local agricultural operators, residents, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), and the County of San Diego Department of Agriculture/Weights & Measures (AWM).
AWM would like to express its gratitude to the local agricultural community and residents for your cooperation during the quarantine. Thanks to your efforts, this pest of more than 30 types of fruit was kept from spreading and further impacting agricultural exports and the region’s food supply.
Heading into the warmer months of the year, it’s important to remain
vigilant for invasive insect pests.
If you think you have fruits and vegetables infested with larvae, call the CDFA Pest Hotline at 1-800-491-1899. For questions on quarantines and/or bringing plants, fruits, or vegetables into California, call (916) 654-0312. You can also alert AWM to any suspect invasive insect pests by emailing Labs.AWM@sdcounty.ca.gov with a photograph of the suspect pest.
Evacuation Pass: County of San Diego Agriculture and Livestock (Ag
The County of San Diego Board of Supervisors recently approved the expansion of the County’s Evacuation Pass or Ag Pass program to now include all commercial agriculture and livestock operations. The Ag Pass allows operators to access restricted areas to care for crops and animals during an emergency or disaster. The Ag Pass would allow law enforcement and fire officials to identify pass holders at roadblocks and inside evacuated areas and grant access to properties if circumstances permit. More information can be found on the San Diego County Fire Evacuation Pass webpage.
If you're a commercial agricultural or livestock operator and would like to determine eligibility or apply for a pass, please review requirements and application material here.
Questions and completed applications can be sent to San Diego County
Fire through email at Ag.Pass@sdcounty.ca.gov, and
staff can be reached at (858) 974-5999. You can also reach out
to AWM staff at (858) 694-2739 for assistance.
2022 Crop Report Questionnaire
The 2022 Crop Report Questionnaire and 2022 Apiary Questionnaire are now available. Returning completed questionnaires to our office helps AWM get a more accurate picture of the state of agriculture in San Diego County. Information in the crop report helps guide policymakers regarding agriculture and provides researchers with reliable and statistical information regarding the volume and variety of crop commodities in our County, State, and Country. Please see this letter from our department, as well as the instructions for properly completing the questionnaire.
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DISASTER RELIEF INFORMATION
- Detection of Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (VMV)
- Webinar on USDA Disaster Assistance
- Flood Recovery Resources from CDFA
- Agricultural Damage Reporting Due to Winter Storm Events
- References for Flooding and Livestock from UC Davis
- Detection of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)
- Agricultural Damage from Frost and Extreme Heat
- USDA Drought Disaster Designation
Service Agency Emergency Loans