About Our Programs
Pesticide Use Enforcement
The activities conducted in this program provide protection for the consumer, the workers, the environment and the growers. Pesticide use is monitored by means of inspections during the mixing and loading of chemicals and during the application of chemicals which ensures that laws and regulations are being followed. Staff also investigates complaints of pesticide misuse, provides outreach to the community and to growers and issues Restricted Materials Permits and Operator Identification Numbers that enable growers to purchase and use pesticides. See Department of Pesticide Regulations for assorted forms and more information
This proactive program primarily detects insect pests before they become established in a new area. Traps are located and monitored throughout the entire county for the presence of exotic agricultural pests such as the Mediterranean fruit fly, gypsy moth, Japanese beetle, oriental fruit fly and khapra beetle. These insects have an enormous host range and are very difficult and costly to eradicate once they have become established. Early detection protects agriculture, the environment and the consumers.
Glassy winged sharpshooter and the light brown apple moth are two insect pests that have recently invaded California and currently, have not been found in Glenn County. For more information on these and other pests of concern in California, go to Plant Health and Pest Prevention Services.
The use of quarantines provides protection and prevents the introduction of pests that are not known to occur in California or have very limited distribution. Staff conduct inspections of incoming plant materials from areas known to contain these pests. Seed crops grown in this county are inspected during the growing season to maintain a high standard of cleanliness. Many of the crops harvested in this county are exported to foreign countries. Phytosanitary certificates are issued declaring that the commodity meets the pest-free requirements of the foreign country.
Some pests are not discovered until they have become established and then they must be eradicated or controlled to limit their spread. Most common in this category are weeds declared by the State to be noxious that will cause losses to the agricultural industry. Control techniques (chemical, mechanical or biological), mapping and outreach are all part of this program.
As of March 1, 2013 you must register online with CDFA. If you don't have access to a computer the Department of Agriculture office can assist in the registering process. The Department of Agriculture also conducts inspections of organic producers, handlers and retailers of organic products and investigate consumer complaints. Certification is through private certifying agencies.
As required by the California Food and Agricultural Code, the County Agricultural Commissioner complies and records information for the annual Crop and Livestock Report regarding the gross production and value of the county’s commodities. In addition, agricultural disasters are also surveyed with the resulting information used by agencies offering disaster relief.
Check out the Frost damage chart for almonds.
Certified Producers Program
Please see our instructions on how to register for the online Certified Producers Certificate. All Certified Producers must register with our office in order to sell at any Certified Markets. Certified Producers Certificates and supplements are valid until December 31 of each year. The registration fee is $20.00. Currently we have two Certified Farmers' Markets in Glenn County.
Willows Market located in Downtown Willows, North Butte Street and Sycamore Street. On Wednesdays from 4:00pm to 7:00pm (June to October).
Orland Market located at the Library Park, 4th Street and Mill Street. On Saturdays from 9:00am to 12:30pm (June to October).
For more information visit: www.glenncountyrcd.org
How to find Certified Farmers' Markets through out California.
Weights and Measures
Weighing and Measuring Devices are those used in channels of trade to determine a value based on weight, measure, or count. It is the duty of the County Sealer to ensure buyer and seller equity in all commercial transactions. Various types of weighing and measuring devices are tested including gasoline dispensers, propane/butane meters, deli counter scales, livestock and animal scales, concrete batch plant scales and truck scales.
Quantity control provides consumer protection against deception of misrepresentation of packaged and unpacked commodities sold by weight, measure or count. Whenever a specific volume of consumer goods is placed in a package, its net content is required to be stated on the package label. Sealers inspect the net content of packaged goods by weighing, measuring or counting the product.Know the facts about firewood before you buy.
Petroleum products are checked for label and advertising requirements to ensure product quality and to minimize false and deceptive advertising practices.
Weighmaster enforcement ensures that consumers receive accurate and complete certificates attesting to weight, measure or count when both parties are not present at the time the quantity is determined.
Egg Quality Control
Commercial producers of eggs must register with the State thru CDFA. You can find the In-State Egg HandlersRegistraiton link on the Egg Safety and Quality Management Program CDFA website page which provides the Registration Instruction/Information Sheet and Registration Form.
There are many other programs in our Department that provide services to various community members:
Fruit, Nut, Vegetable and Honey Standardization
Farm Labor Contractor Registration
Colusa, Glenn and Tehama Weed Management Area
Tri-County Bee Notification
Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program
Water Resources Coordination and Facilitation
Rice Burn Disease Certification
Weed Free Straw and Forage Certification
Vegetation and Environmental Management