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.
COVID Red Tier UPDATE- AWM will continue to provide curbside service by appointment to help you with any in-person needs. We are not accepting walk-in customers at our customer service counters at this time.
***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*** USDA Drought Disaster Designation
On March 5th United States Department of Agriculture’s Secretary Thomas Vilsack designated counties within California as primary or contiguous natural disaster areas due to the recent drought. San Diego County was declared a contiguous county eligible to be considered for assistance from Farm Service Agency. The local Farm Service Agency office is located at 900 Canterbury Place, Escondido, CA 92025 and is open the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month from 10 AM to 3PM, they can be reached at 760-347-3675. Please read the Secretary’s letter below (it can be translated using the google translate feature, the linked document is official copy):
Dear Governor Newsom:
In accordance with 7 CFR 759.5(a), I am designating 50 California counties as primary natural disaster areas due to a recent drought.
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor (see http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/), these counties suffered from a drought intensity value during the growing season of 1) D2 Drought-Severe for 8 or more consecutive weeks or 2) D3 Drought-Extreme or D4 Drought-Exceptional.
In accordance with section 321(a) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act, additional areas of your state and adjacent states are named as contiguous disaster counties. Enclosed you will find documentation that provides a detailed list of all primary and contiguous counties impacted by this disaster.
A Secretarial disaster designation makes farm operators in primary counties and those counties contiguous to such primary counties eligible to be considered for certain assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA), provided eligibility requirements are met. This assistance includes FSA emergency loans. Farmers in eligible counties have 8 months from the date of a Secretarial disaster declaration to apply for emergency loans. FSA considers each emergency loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of production losses on the farm and the security and repayment ability of the operator.
Local FSA offices can provide affected farmers with further
Thomas J. Vilsack
***NEW*** Fee Deferral Ending
On May 5, 2020, to help ease the impacts of COVID-19, the County Board of Supervisors voted to defer payment of Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures fees normally due between May and November 2020. Fees associated with Direct Marketing, Hazardous Materials Inventory, Price Verification Registration and Weights & Measures Device Registration will be deferred. The board then again voted in on November 5, 2020 to extend the fee deferral to March 31, 2021.
This fee deferral will be ending on March 31st and unpaid fees will become due on April 1st. If you have unpaid fees you will be receiving communication on how to pay these fees and when they will be due. The letters linked below will be sent to you if you have unpaid fees:
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.