The County of San Diego Department of Agriculture, Weights & Measures will be holding Industrial Hemp Cultivation Outreach events on March 29, 2019 and April 3, 2019.  Please see the flyer for Industrial Hemp Cultivation Program Registration Outreach for more information on time, location and to reserve your seat.



The best way to learn is to get your hands on something. So San Diego County entomologist Tracy Ellis and her crew brought a collection of bugs to San Pasqual Union School to teach the kids a few things about insects. 


The San Diego County Citrus Pest Control District will be meeting on April 4th, 2019 at 1PM.  The meeting will be held at the San Diego County Farm Bureau, located at 420 S. Broadway, Suite 200, Escondido, CA 92025



On February 21, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an emergency proclamation to help communities respond to and recover from severe winter storms that have caused flooding, mudslides, erosion, power outages, and damage to critical infrastructure.

The County of San Diego Department of Agriculture, Weights & Measures is collecting information regarding commercial agricultural damage, including crops, agricultural structures and equipment from the 2019 winter rain/freeze from January 31 through February 16, 2019.

Please complete the 2019 Rain/Freeze Agricultural Damage Assessment Form and promptly return to the Department of Agriculture, Weights & Measures at or 9325 Hazard Way, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92123.  The information reported is confidential and will be used to compile estimate damage assessment costs in order to qualify San Diego County for emergency assistance. For growers affected by the Rain/Freeze damage please contact the United States Department of Agriculture’s local Farm Service Agency (FSA) for recovery information at (760) 347-3675. FSA’s local office is located at 900 Canterbury Place, Suite 320, Escondido, CA 92025.  Thank you. 



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The Agriculture, Weights and Measures department conducts an annual Crop Report Questionnaire to accurately determine the overall gross value of agriculture in San Diego county. We would like to know how your production was in 2018. This questionnaire is the sole source of information for some commodities.

Your support in completing the 2018 San Diego County Crop Report Questionnaire is critical to its success. Please keep in mind, the more producers who return a completed questionnaire - the more accurately we can determine the apiary production for our county. It is important that the total gross value for each commodity you produce is listed.

2018 Crop Report Cover Letter

2018 Crop Report Questionnaire

2018 Apiary Questionnaire



Attention All San Diego County Bird Owners - VIRULENT NEWCASTLE DISEASE ALERT!!

Virulent Newcastle Disease (VND) Outbreak in Backyard and Commercial Poultry in Southern California

To date there have been no reported cases of VND in San Diego County.

The current areas affected are in the counties of Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, and Ventura.  Map of VND Detections Table of Detections

For more information and updates on VND and how to protect your flock please visit the California Department of Food and Agriculture, Animal Health and Food Safety Services, Animal Health Branch website.




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.


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NEW! Effective July 1, 2018, some fees will be changing at the Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures (AWM). Please see our  fees page to view letters detailing which fees have changed


NEW! The County of San Diego Pesticide Regulation Program will be sponsoring a pesticide container recycling event on Saturday, June 8th, 2019, at EDCO Recycling in San Marcos.   Please see this flyer for more information.



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Agriculture, Weights and Measures

Shared Mission

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

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