Agriculture Services

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  • The Sonoma County Beekeepers Association maintains a “Swarm List” of beekeepers who will remove unwanted hives from your property. Some will also help with Yellow Jackets.
  • The Sonoma County Farmer's Markets were established to provide raw agricultural products directly to the consumer throughout the County. This office inspects certified growing sites and markets to preserve the integrity of the direct marketing program.
  • We investigate all complaints received from consumers regarding possible unlawful or deceptive practices. They may range from incorrectly measured firewood, malfunctioning gas pumps, fuel contamination, to businesses not properly giving a customer an advertised sales price. Unfair business practices among competitors are investigated to ensure fundamental fairness.
  • Agriculture Division
    The Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office is continuing to work with the US Department of Agriculture and the California Department of Food and Agriculture to survey the county and detect European Grapevine Moths in Sonoma County.
  • The county program’s objective is to maintain an inventory of frost protection systems to assist growers in managing water use along the tributaries. The current ordinance and program does not involve reporting, monitoring, or gauging streams. The registration program provides the basis of a system-wide inventory of frost water use and is the foundation for a monitoring and reporting program by growers.
  • This function ensures compliance with California’s minimum standards regarding quality and marketing of all produce commercially grown and/or marketed in the state. Locally grown apples are tested for maturity and grade standards.
  • This department administers the Sonoma County Grading, Drainage, Vineyard and Orchard Site Development Ordinance, also known as VESCO. Growers planting new vineyards, orchards or replanting existing vineyards or orchards are required to meet standards within the Sonoma County Code and comply with requirements including best management practices (BMPs) as established in the Agricultural Commissioner’s BMP guidelines.
  • Agricultural Commissioner along with Emergency Services is a Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA). Emergency Services is the lead agency of the CUPA.
  • Through this program, the Agricultural Commissioner’s Office inspects nursery stock during propagation, production and sale. This is to assure commercially clean stock with regards to pests, accurate labeling and vigorous and healthy plants for sale to the consumer.
  • Agricultural Commissioner inspects and registers all Sonoma County producers and handlers of organic commodities to assure compliance with the Federal and State organic laws.
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