Agriculture/Weights & Measures
The Agricultural Commissioner enforces the laws and regulations of the California Food and Agriculture Code and the California Code of Regulations while serving at the discretion of the County Board of Supervisors and CDFA Secretary of Agriculture. Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner’s office employs a staff of twenty-three and has its main office in Santa Rosa with satellite offices in Sonoma and Petaluma.
The Agricultural Divison acts under the jurisdiction and direction of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), and the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR), and works in cooperation with various federal, state, regional and local agencies.
Weights and Measures is mandated by state law to protect the interests of the buyer and seller to ensure honesty and integrity of everyday business transactions. This protection is accomplished through our continuous and systematic inspection of all equipment that weighs or measures a commodity that is sold. Every transaction involving the exchange of goods, property, and service is affected in a very vital way by some form of weights and measures.
Learn about the drought, its affect on agriculture, and strategies for dealing with drought in Sonoma County. More Information
Annual Certified Private Applicator Workshop December 4, 2014
Please mark December 4, 2014, on your calendar for our Annual Grower Workshop. The workshop will be held at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building.
September 16, 2014
On August 27th, USDA announced the eradication of the European Grapevine Moth (Lobesia botrana, EGVM) in Solano and portions of Sonoma and Napa counties.
The action is the result of significant progress to remove the pest through regulatory and eradication efforts, as well as the vigilance of growers and local communities.
September 12, 2014
Each year Sonoma County participates in the California State Fair by entering in the County Exhibit competition to showcase Sonoma County and to receive recognition through the special awards presented by the State Fair. The exhibit is designed, built, and installed according to the current California State Fair Counties Exhibit Program Handbook with particular focus on the judging criteria. Sonoma County desires an award winning County Exhibit for the 2015 State Fair and future State Fairs that creatively showcases Sonoma County to the fair visitors and exhibit judges.
July 23, 2014
The Agricultural Commissioner’s Office is conducting an agricultural loss survey
to determine the extent of and nature of crop loss due to the lack or timing of rainfall in Sonoma County thus far in the 2014 crop year. The results of this survey may lead to additional assistance being made available.
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February 14, 2014
Drought is a critical issue for all of Sonoma County growers and ranchers. As the rainy season comes to an end, the need to manage available water, existing forage, and crops becomes increasingly important. Producers and ranchers should consider all possible management practices to maintain crop and forage growth while maximizing water efficiency.
January 24, 2014
Tony Linegar, Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner, will discuss the drought’s impact on agricultural sectors as well as renewable energy developments at the Sonoma Renewable Strategies Conference taking place at Santa Rosa Junior College, Bertolini Hall, on Friday, January 24 th. Registration is from 7:30am.The conference begins at 8:30am and will conclude at 2:30pm.
June 20, 2013
Reported in 2012 Annual Crop Report
The 2012 Sonoma County Crop Report was presented to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, by Tony Linegar, Agricultural Commissioner. The reported gross value for agricultural production in 2012 was $821,345,000, a 41% increase from 2011. Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Chair, David Rabbitt, commented “this report highlights the value of Sonoma County agriculture, a major economic driver that directly relates to other economic factors such as tourism, local food production, wineries, and related infrastructure and services to these industries.”
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