The 2015 Crop Report
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Certified Farmers'
Market Growers

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the 2014 economic report
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Agricultural Product Quality

Nursery Licenses

Produce Inspection

Seeds

 
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Direct Marketing & Organics

Organic Info

Mo. Co. Certified Organics

Farmers Markets

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Pesticide Use & Enforcement

Restricted Material Permits

Private Applicator Certificates

Worker Safety

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Pest & Disease Prevention

Phytosanitary Certificates

Quarantine

Pests/Diseases

Bees

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Invasive Weeds

Weed Threats

Weed Resources

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Weights & Measures

Consumer Protection

Device Registration

Public Scales

The Agricultural Commissioner is dedicated to worker health and safety, the protection of environmental resources, and the promotion of the agricultural sector of Monterey County.

It's Almost Here!  2015 Crop Report

How did Monterey County's leading economic sector perform last year?  The 2015 Crop Report will be released on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, by Agricultural Commissioner Eric Lauritzen at a press briefing prior to a formal presentation to the Board of Supervisors.  (Click on the picture.)

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In addition to top crop values and other key agricultural statistics, the report will highlight the growing popularity of certified farmers’ markets.  Industry representatives also will attend the briefing to discuss agricultural trends.

Asian Citrus Psyllid Detected in Monterey County

Monterey County had its first detection of Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) on June 7, 2016, in a residential area of Northeast Salinas.  This will trigger the establishment of a five-mile quarantine area, a delimitation survey, and treatments within 400 meters of the find.  Affected homeowners will be notified, there will be a public meeting, and treatments are voluntary.  

Asian citrus psyllid is a threat to California’s citrus industry.  It transmits a disease called Citrus Greening or Huanglongbing (HLB) that is fatal to citrus trees.  HLB causes asymmetrical yellowing and splotching of leaves.  Affected trees produce bitter, inedible, misshapen fruit and eventually die.  The ACP is a small insect about the size of an aphid.  It feeds of citrus stems and leaves, especially tender new growth.  

HLB disease has been found in Southern California.  It can be spread through the movement of citrus trees, fruit or infected budwood.  Homeowners should plant only certified disease-free citrus from a reputable nursery and not move plant material around.  Inspect your citrus often and report any suspicious insects or symptoms to the Agricultural Commissioner or call the CDFA hotline at (800) 491-1899. 

For more information see: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/plant/PDEP/target_pest_disease_profiles/ACP_PestProfile.html.

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NEWS

  • A press conference was held on May 10, 2016, following approval by the Board of Supervisors for the Ag Commissioner to execute an agreement with the State Department of Pesticide Regulation to launch a pilot program for improved communication and awareness of pesticide use near schools.

Press Release ~ Site Map (English and Spanish)

envelopeThis letter was sent to landowners and land managers in Monterey County as a reminder to prepare for the rainy season.

Accelerated erosion is a violation of Monterey County Code.
Keep your valuable soil and be a good neighbor – Be Prepared!

 

Issues Identified with CEHTP's April 2014 Report

Analysis of state report that raises ongoing concerns about agricultural pesticide use near Monterey County schools identifies flaws and limitations of the report. Read the ag commissioner's analysis here: High Resolution (60 MB) or Low Resolution (4 MB) 

Ranch Map books are now available for purchase at the Agricultural Commissioner's offices

The latest edition is current to 2014 data. The ranch maps are also available on a CD that has printable wall map versions.  For the web version and for more information click here.

2016 Fumigant Tarps (UPDATED 1/4/2016)

For the 2016 fumigation season, all chloropicrin permits will be conditioned to require the use of specific tarps.  If you will be conducting bedded tarped applications of chloropicrin, please see this list of approved tarps prior to purchasing tarps for the upcoming year.

In the News

Project launched to rid Salinas River of nasty weed

A five-year project to rid the Salinas River of invasive, cane-like Arundo plants was launched Wednesday that will initially cover some 200 acres of river area between Gonzales and the Monterey County line to the south. It’s a massive undertaking with a total of 1,400 acres in need of removal, making the Salinas River the second-largest Arundo infestation in California. This project, a partnership between the Resource Conservation District of Monterey County and the Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office, is funded by a 1.1 mln grant from the California Wildlife Conservation Board. read more...

Press Advisory: Farmworkers and Ag Commissioner Reach Accord

In a first of its kind for the state, the office of the Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner, the agency that oversees pesticide regulations and other worker safety matters, and the Center for Community Advocacy (CCA), a farmworker advocacy group, will announce an accord establishing a Farmworker Advisory Committee for the office of the Agricultural Commissioner of Monterey County. There will be a press briefing at 12:30 pm on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at the office of the Agricultural Commissioner in Salinas.  To see the entire press advisory, click here .

Farm Equipment Upgrade Screening Tool Released

Are you operating older diesel tractors and other farm equipment? Use this screening tool to assess options to modernize your equipment.

Save energy, reduce operating costs, and reduce pollution!




In the News

Project launched to rid Salinas River of nasty weed

A five-year project to rid the Salinas River of invasive, cane-like Arundo plants was launched Wednesday that will initially cover some 200 acres of river area between Gonzales and the Monterey County line to the south. It’s a massive undertaking with a total of 1,400 acres in need of removal, making the Salinas River the second-largest Arundo infestation in California. This project, a partnership between the Resource Conservation District of Monterey County and the Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office, is funded by a 1.1 mln grant from the California Wildlife Conservation Board. read more...

Work Begins on the Salinas River Arundo Removal Project

In the News

Project launched to rid Salinas River of nasty weed

A five-year project to rid the Salinas River of invasive, cane-like Arundo plants was launched Wednesday that will initially cover some 200 acres of river area between Gonzales and the Monterey County line to the south. It’s a massive undertaking with a total of 1,400 acres in need of removal, making the Salinas River the second-largest Arundo infestation in California. This project, a partnership between the Resource Conservation District of Monterey County and the Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office, is funded by a 1.1 mln grant from the California Wildlife Conservation Board. read more...

Work Begins on the Salinas River Arundo Removal Project




























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