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Agriculture, Weights and Measures

Agriculture, Weights and Measures

The Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures(AWM) protects public health, the environment and the County’s agricultural industry by educating the public, partnering with industry and enforcing laws and regulations.

Agriculture Production:

In San Diego County:

Total value of agricultural production is $1.7 billion produced on 251,147 acres.

Nursery and flower crops account for 67% or $1.1 billion of the overall value.

Fruit and Nut crops, including avocados and citrus, account for 19% or $321 million 


Top Agriculture Production

#1 Crop - Ornamental Trees and Shrubs - $410 million. 

#2 Indoor Flowering and Foliage Plants - $344 million. 

#3 Beddings Plants, Color & Herbaceous Perennials - $215 million. 

#4 Avocados - $110 million – San Diego is the #2 producer in the nation! 


Plant Health and Pest Prevention: The first line of defense in keeping unwanted pests out of San Diego County

511 nurseries inspected (a total of 9,515 acres) for pests and diseases

4,745 incoming plant shipments from high-risk pest areas inspected, 136 with actionable pest finds

753 unmarked parcels containing plant material intercepted by Dog Teams, 34 with actionable pests

8,065 international shipments certified 

239 Beekeepers registered, totaling 30,545 managed honey bee colonies in 239 apiary locations.


Pest Detection: Protected residential gardens and commercial produce from insidious pest infestations and avoided the widespread use of pesticides against new pests by placing and maintaining traps designed for early pest detection

195,715 insect traps placed and continually inspected in host trees in residential areas and nurseries

355,395 trap inspections were conducted 


Pesticide Regulation/Hazardous Materials Inventory: Enforces state pesticide laws and regulations 

1,420 pesticide compliance inspections completed

96 pesticide related investigations completed

711 pest control businesses registered to operate in the County 

65 Agricultural hazardous materials facilities inspected


Weights & Measures: Protects consumers by testing commercial weighing and measuring devices and performing price verification on Point-of-Sale systems (scanners)

49,509 commercial weighing and measuring devices inspected with 92% compliance rate

359 consumer complaints investigated regarding commercial meters, petroleum, and price overcharges

33,917 items scanned at 2,181 retail locations


Agriculture Standards/Agricultural Water Quality: Supports the sustainability of local agriculture, ensures a fair marketplace, and promotes healthy families

42 active farmers’ markets and 245 local growers certified in San Diego County

425 growers registered as organic

482,935 dozen eggs inspected at 1,828 facilities

225 Agricultural Water Quality inspections conducted


Integrated Pest Control:Works under the Board of Supervisors' policy mandating the use of integrated pest management

5,400 acres of weed control performed on county roadside right-of-ways, airports, landfills, parks, water pollution control facilities, and flood control sites

102 acres of invasive weeds removed