Agriculture, Weights and Measures
If you have ever gone to a farmers’ market, checked out at a grocery store, pumped gas or wondered if that produce was truly organic, you have 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 are here to help you thrive and look forward to serving you.
NEW! Pesticide Container Recycling Event (JAN 2021)
The County of San Diego Pesticide Regulation Program will be hosting a Pesticide Container Recycling Event on Saturday, January 30th, 2021. Please see this flyer for more information. Due to the changing situation with COVID-19, please check our website for updates prior to the event.
NEW! Organic Training Available
UCANR is offering free organic online training to farmers who want to learn organic production practices for California. The program provides a combination of written content, videos and do-it-yourself exercises that allow students to follow along at their own pace and test their grasp of the knowledge. To obtain a link to the training, submit a request at https://ofrf.org/beginning-farmer-training-program.
Nursery License Renewal Late Fees
AWM would like to share some information provided by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) on nursery license fees. The guidance provides direction on how to avoid a late payment charge when renewing your nursery license.
NEW! Find links to the most up to date information for growers and residents on our Citrus Quarantine Program page ***Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP) and Huanglongbing (HLB) Information***
USDA Farm Service Agency Emergency Loans
Due to the wildfires on September 4, 2020, a Presidential Disaster Declaration was made on October 16, 2020. As a result the United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency Emergency Loan Program has been made available to San Diego County. Please see the Farm Service Emergency Loan Fact Sheet which has important information pertaining to applying for this assistance. More information can be found on the Farm Service Agency Emergency Web page:
The deadline for applications to the assistance programs is June 16, 2021. If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to the Farm Service Agency local County Executive Office at (760)-347-3675.
USDA California Farm Service Agency Opens Office Space in San Diego County to Assists Farmers and Ranchers Needs. FSA office hours are 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. FSA office located at 900 Canterbury Place, Escondido, CA 92025. Please see this press release for more information.
Agriculture, Weights and Measures
Promoting a thriving agricultural community, healthy residents and balanced environment. Supporting a fair marketplace and consumer confidence in the accuracy of product weight, measure and price.
We serve you by protecting public health, the environment and local agriculture.
Here is 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
Private Applicator Certification Exam: Schedule Online
Private Applicator Certificate Exams have been temporarily suspended.