On September 5, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an emergency
declaration to help communities respond to and recover from the Valley
Fires that has burned tens of thousands of acres, destroyed homes and
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 2020 Valley Fires which began on September 5, 2020.
Please complete the 2020 Valley Fire 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 costs to qualify San Diego County for emergency assistance.
For more information on the Valley Wildfire please click the link SDCountyEmergency.com
USDA Assistance Programs
The United States Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Noninsured Crop Assistance Program provides financial assistance to producers of non-insurable crops to protect against natural disasters that result in lower yields or crop losses, or prevents crop planting.
The United States Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Tree Assistance Program provides financial assistance to eligible orchardists and nursery tree growers to replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes, and vines lost by natural disasters.
One of the most damaging effects of a disaster to your land is soil erosion. Under normal circumstances, roots help to stabilize soil, while stems and leaves slow water down, giving it time to absorb or soak into the soil. These protective functions can be severely compromised or even eliminated by fires. In the aftermath of a fire, the potential for flooding, debris flows, and erosion is greatly increased. Fortunately there are many things you can do to protect your home or business from these damaging effects.
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 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.