Programs of the Agricultural Commissioner
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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

File a Complaint

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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

Invasive Weeds

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The rich soils and moderate climate of Monterey County make it an ideal place for invasive weed species to colonize. Invasive weeds are usually able to out-compete local native plant species for water and space because they are more prolific, have more vigorous growth, and lack predators that would otherwise help to keep them in check. They degrade habitat for other wildlife, domestic animals, recreation, and other land use activities. The agricultural industry is particularly affected by weeds; their control expense is ultimately passed on to the consumer. Weeds affect everyone, either directly or indirectly.