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.
Introduction to Organic Crop CertificationMarch 7, 2018
Ag Conference Center: 1428 Abbott Street, Salinas
Organic certification may be simpler than you think!
This meeting will detail the steps necessary to transition a farming operation towards organic certification and the organic certification process.
Visit the event’s website to see more details about discussion topics, view the agenda, how to register, and its location.
2017 Ranch Map Atlas Product UpdatesHard Copy/Paper Atlases - coming soon:
The 2017 Ranch Map atlases have been completed and are currently in the process of being printed. We anticipate the hard copy paper versions of the atlases to be available in March 2018. Copies of the 2014 atlases are still available if desired.
Digital Atlases and Maps - available now on:
- The Agricultural Commissioner's website Ranch Map page.
Access the atlas map pages and indexes online.
- Ranch Map Atlas web-CD ($10 + tax).
- Ranch Map Wall Map web-CD ($10 + tax). These web-CDs are available in our Salinas office. By using either of these resources you can access the maps directly from an interactive CD.
- The Agricultural Commissioner's website Map Gallery page.
This gallery contains a variety of online map data viewers. Several of our viewers will be updated with the new 2017 ranch map data over the next few weeks.
Draft EIR Available for Review - USDA APHIS-WS IWDM Program & Agreement Renewal
The public review period for this document begins
on August 17, 2017, and ends on October 3, 2017. This review period is established for the purpose of receiving written comments on the accuracy and adequacy of the Draft EIR together with other information relative to the environmental effects of the project. You may click on sections of the document shown below.
- DEIR Notice of Availability
- Monterey USDA DEIR (August 2017)
- DEIR Appendix A - NOP-IS & Comments
- DEIR Appendix B - Background
- DEIR Appendix C - Biological Resources
Cannabis Grower Outreach Session Information
Information from the August 24, 2017, session is available by clicking on Cannabis.
Companies that are new to exporting and companies that have previously considered and abandoned an exporting plan can use A Business of Details to get up to speed on terminology, processes, common pitfalls and strategies for success. This training video follows a shipment of Romaine Lettuce from a packing facility in Salinas, CA to its destination in Taiwan.
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 resulted in voluntary treatment of hosts within 400 meters of the find, and the establishment of a five-mile quarantine area. Any find triggers a delimitation trapping survey, treatments within 400 meters of the find, and possibly an expansion of the quarantine area.
A second find of a single psyllid was confirmed in November 2016 from a trap in the Toro Park area. This resulted in the expansion of the quarantine area and a new delimitation survey. The quarantine expansion area has few hosts and no commercial citrus or nurseries.
A third find of a single psyllid was confirmed in June 2017 from a trap in Spreckels. This again resulted in an expansion of the quarantine area.
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 on 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.
A map of the ACP quarantine area is available here: Map
For more information see: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/plant/PDEP/target_pest_disease_profiles/ACP_PestProfile.html.
For Your Information
Initiative aimed at providing additional pesticide safety protections for farmworkers.
Pesticides & Schools
|Agricultural Commissioner assembles team of experts as pilot project to provide pesticide information for schools moves forward.
- USDA Secretary Vilsack explains the value of rural America and our ag communities.
- Memorandum on Pesticides, Schools. The Agricultural Commissioner releases a memorandum on issues related to pesticide use near schools.
- El Nino Preparedness. Ready or not, here comes the weather! Check out this link to the Resource Conservation District of Monterey County’s Hillslope Farming Runoff Management Practices Guide for some help with getting ready. For more information or to contact the RCD, visit www.rcdmonterey.org.
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)
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 million grant from the California Wildlife Conservation Board. read more...