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Agriculture, Weights & Measures

2022-23 CAO Recommended Budget

County of San Diego Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures (AWM) promotes public health and safety, agricultural trade, consumer confidence, and a sustainable environment for the San Diego region. In partnership with the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE), AWM brings together education and research resources to help individuals, families, businesses, and communities address agricultural, environmental, horticultural, and public health issues.

Budget in Millions

Staff

$30M FY 22-23 199
     
7 % change from FY 21-22 11.2 %
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The Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures (AWM) is part of the County of San Diego’s Land Use and Environment Group (LUEG), which includes the departments of Parks and Recreation, Environmental Health and Quality, Planning and Development Services, Public Works, and San Diego County Library. AWM supports the region’s $1.8 billion agricultural industry and ensures an equitable marketplace. AWM conducts over 340,000 inspections annually to provide important services that support public health and safety, a resilient food supply, agricultural trade, consumer confidence, and a sustainable environment. The partnership with UCCE brings together resources to address local issues, and to empower individuals, and organizations with research-based information to improve themselves and their communities

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Sustainability

Tackling the Climate Crisis

$572K

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Reduce greenhouse emissions (fleet and solar): Budgeted vehicle purchases in FY 22-23, with goal of converting 20% of AWM fleet to EV $300K

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Implement teleworking and alternate work schedules to help mitigate climate impacts and greenhouse gas emissions

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Create more EV charging stations at County facilities : Inspect commercial EV charging stations $272K

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Implement Departmental sustainability plans

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Educational and outreach materials on sustainable agricultural practices through University of California Cooperative Extension

Protecting Natural Resources

$15.5M

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Promote $1.8 billion local agriculture through mitigating the risks related to invasive agricultural pests and diseases $13.2M

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Agricultural Water Quality Program helps to ensure that our waterways are protected by preventing pollutants from commercial agricultural businesses from entering the County's storm drain system $861K

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Protect California citrus from serious pests and diseases that threaten the growth of citrus in residential communities and on commercial farms $544K

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Support the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) $870K

Empowering People

Empowering & Improving Lives

$455K

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Train employees on equity, diversity, and inclusion topics $154K

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Use data to understand and track community needs $301K

Connecting & Involving

Connecting & Involving More People

$454K

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Involve the community in our programs through meetings and online options $118K

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Translate information into eight languages $160K

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New staff to advance cutting edge policies through collaboration, research and monitoring industry trends and best practices $176K

Store Register

Consumers & Economic Opportunity

$7M

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Inspect 30,000+ scales, cash registers and gas pumps for accuracy $6M

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Inspect produce sold at Certified Farmers Markets $586K

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Verify organic products and promote sustainable agriculture $383K

Protecting Health

Protecting Health

$5.7M

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Regulate the use of pesticides

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Inspect agricultural, landscape, and structural uses and investigate complaints and illnesses involving possible pesticide misuse to protect employees, the public, and the environment $5.5M

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Conduct fieldworker safety trainings for agriculture employees that work in pesticide-treated fields to increase knowledge of pesticide safety requirements $30K

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Manage bee keeping safety and education programs $215K

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Regulate hazardous materials used in agriculture

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Collect unwanted pesticides to avoid improper disposal