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
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
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
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
96 pesticide related
711 pest control businesses
registered to operate in the County