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! *** AWM’s Fee Proposal Workshops***
The County of San Diego Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures (AWM) will be holding Fee Proposal Workshops on Tuesday, March 9th and Wednesday, March 10th. Please see our Fee Page for more information.
***NEW*** COVID-19 Vaccine Information
The COVID-19 Vaccination became available for the Food and Agriculture Sector on February 27th. See the linked information for Agricultural Workers and who to contact, how to determine if you are eligible for the vaccination, and where you can obtain the vaccination. The following links have the necessary information:
NEW!*** State and County Investigate Citrus Disease in Fallbrook***
The Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures want to inform you that four adult Asian citrus psyllids (ACP) collected from a citrus tree on a residential property in the Fallbrook area of San Diego County have been confirmed to be carrying the bacteria Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus (CLas), which causes the disease Huanglongbing or citrus greening. The detection is a first for San Diego County and efforts are underway to survey the area and suppress the ACP population within 250 meters of the find site. The full story and details are available HERE.
If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to reach out to AWM at (760) 752-4700 or call the CDFA toll free Pest Hotline (800) 491-1899.
NEW! San Diego County Experiences High Winds
During the week of January 18-22 the region experienced extremely high winds.
The County of San Diego Department of Agriculture, Weights & Measures is collecting information regarding commercial agricultural damage, including crops, agricultural structures and equipment that may have been damaged due to these recent high wind event.
Please complete the Agricultural Damage Assessment Fillable Form and promptly return to the Department of Agriculture, Weights & Measures at firstname.lastname@example.org or 9325 Hazard Way, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92123. The information reported is confidential and will be used to compile estimate damage assessment. If you have any questions or concerns please fill free to reach out to the department using the email or calling (760) 752-4700.
Also if you have experienced damages and are looking for support or assistance please reach out to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Farm Services Agency. They can be reached out (760)-347-3675 and are located at 900 Canterbury Place, STE 320, Escondido, CA 92025. More information regarding FSA can be found here.
NEW! 2020 Crop Report Questionnaires Available
NEW! Pesticide Container Recycling Event (JUN 2021)
The County of San Diego Pesticide Regulation Program will be hosting a Pesticide Container Recycling Event on Saturday, June 5th, 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! *** STOP USE*** AGRO GOLD WS/WEEDSLAYER
Please see the California Department of Agriculture’s (CDFA) Notice (linked below) of the statewide quarantine of the product AGRO GOLD WS which is within the box that contains the organic herbicide WEEDSLAYER. CDFA’s State Organic Program has issued a STOP USE on the products.
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.