If you've ever gone to a farmers’ market, checked out at a grocery
store, pumped gas, or wondered if your produce was truly organic,
you've 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're here to help you thrive, and we look forward to serving you.
Agriculture, Weights and Measures
Promote agricultural trade, public health, food security, consumer confidence, and a sustainable environment for the San Diego region.
Here's 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.
Information can be translated to preferred languages using the Google Translate option at the top right corner of the page. Look for:
Voluntary Conservation and Land Management Assistance Workshop – Thursday, March 14, 4-7 p.m.
The County of San Diego is hosting a regional workshop for property owners looking for funding or technical assistance on conserving their land, agricultural operations, land and resource management best practices, and more.
Other sponsors: University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources, Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish & Wildlife Program
Learn more and sign up here.
Winter Rain Event Damage
We understand that your agricultural operations may have been affected by the recent storm system that moved through the region.
Governor Newsom has proclaimed a state of emergency in California for this event, and the County of San Diego Department of Agriculture, Weights & Measures will collect any reports of agricultural damage.
For Damage to Agricultural Operations
January Storm Reports:
If you have experienced any potential impacts to your agricultural operation due to the rain events in January, please fill out the January Agricultural Damage Assessment form.
February Storm Reports:
If you experienced any impacts to your agricultural operation due to the rain events in early February, please fill out the February 01-19 Agricultural Damage Assessment form.
If you experienced any impacts to your agricultural operation due to the rain events in late February, please fill out the February 20-26 Agricultural Damage Assessment form.
Forms can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or returned to any AWM Office location at:
- 9325 Hazard Way, Ste. 100, San Diego, CA 92123
- 151 E. Carmel St., San Marcos, CA 92078
These forms will be compiled to report impacts and determine eligibility for federal and state support. For additional information on Federal and State support programs please visit our page on Disaster Relief Information.
For businesses storing hazardous materials impacted by flooding, please visit the Department of Environmental Health and Quality.
If you need information on your Agricultural Evacuation Pass, or wish to apply for an Ag Pass, please visit the County Fire Protection District page.
2023 Crop Report Questionnaire Available
Growers - Thank you for taking the time to complete the 2023 San Diego County Crop Report Questionnaire and for being a part of making San Diego’s agriculture count. Keep in mind that your participation educates the public on the importance of agriculture in our local economy and that commodity values shared are anonymous, as we only ask that your zip code be provided. The Crop Report Questionnaire is kept confidential and will be used solely for the purpose of compiling relevant annual commodity statistics and will be unavailable to any other agency.
Evacuation Pass: County of San Diego Agriculture and Livestock (Ag
The County of San Diego Board of Supervisors recently approved the expansion of the County’s Evacuation Pass or Ag Pass program to now include all commercial agriculture and livestock operations. The Ag Pass allows operators to access restricted areas to care for crops and animals during an emergency or disaster. The Ag Pass would allow law enforcement and fire officials to identify pass holders at roadblocks and inside evacuated areas and grant access to properties if circumstances permit. More information can be found on the San Diego County Fire Evacuation Pass webpage.
If you're a commercial agricultural or livestock operator and would like to determine eligibility or apply for a pass, please review requirements and application material here.
Questions and completed applications can be sent to San Diego County Fire through email at Ag.Pass@sdcounty.ca.gov, and staff can be reached at (858) 974-5999. You can also reach out to AWM staff at (858) 694-2739 for assistance.
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- Voluntary Conservation and Land Management Assistance Workshop (Thursday, March 14)
- Compliance Agreement for Customers who Export Nursery Products to Canada or Mexico
- Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement (PACE) Program
- Desert Knapweed (Volutaria) Information and IPC Website
- Nursery License Renewal Late Fees
DISASTER RELIEF INFORMATION
- Flood Recovery Resources from CDFA
- Agricultural Damage Reporting Due to Winter Storm Events
- References for Flooding and Livestock from UC Davis
- USDA Drought Disaster Designation