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 243,029 acres.
Nursery and flower crops account for 69% or $1.2 billion of the overall value.
Fruit and Nut crops, including avocados and citrus, account for 19% or $332 million
Top Agriculture Production
#1 Crop - Ornamental Trees and
Shrubs - $402 million.
#2 Indoor Flowering and Foliage
Plants - $379 million.
#3 Beddings Plants, Color &
Herbaceous Perennials - $255 million.
#4 Avocados - $122 million
Plant Health and Pest Prevention: The first line of defense in
keeping unwanted pests out of San Diego County
444 nurseries inspected (a
total of 9,488 acres) for pests
4,884 incoming plant shipments
from high-risk pest areas inspected, 184 with actionable pest finds
537 unmarked parcels containing
plant material intercepted by Dog Teams, 40 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
202,158 insect traps placed and
continually inspected in host trees in residential areas and nurseries
365,378 trap inspections were conducted
Pesticide Regulation/Hazardous Materials Inventory: Enforces
state pesticide laws and regulations
1,334 pesticide compliance
90 pesticide related
754 pest control businesses
registered to operate in the County