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Two air pollution control districts have jurisdiction in Sonoma County, the Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District (NSCAPCD) and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD).
The Sonoma County Certified Farmers’ 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.
The Sonoma County Vineyard and Orchard Frost Protection Ordinance requires the registration of all vineyard and orchard frost water protection systems in the Russian River Watershed with the Sonoma County Department of Agriculture (the Agricultural Commissioner).
In 1993, the Board of Supervisors designated this department to inspect all agricultural facilities for compliance with hazardous materials and hazardous waste laws and regulations.
Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM), an invasive pest native to Australia, was confirmed for the first time in California and the continental United States in March 2007. LBAM has a host range of more than two-thousand plant species, and more than 250 crops.
The function of this program is to oversee, monitor and evaluate the use, records, storage and sales of pesticides as required in the California Food and Agricultural Code, the California Code of Regulations and the Business and Professions Code. In carrying out these functions, the department protects the food, feed and fiber sources, the environment and people, including the public and agricultural workers.