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Agriculture - Consumer & Industry Protection

This page highlights the various programs within the Agriculture Department that protect consumers and industries alike.

How Does Ag Protect Consumers & Industry?

Consumer - Fresh Product Quality Control

This program is responsible for enforcing quality standards for many of the fresh fruit, nuts, vegetables and honey available for sale at the wholesale and retail level. These standards are set by the industry and serve three purposes:

  • They assist the production industry in maintaining high quality produce,
  • They permit the buying of produce "sight unseen" by ensuring that a "grade" placed on the produce is standardized throughout the industry,
  • They protect the consumer from inferior quality produce
Consumer - Weights & Measures

Even though many people may be unaware of this program, it affects everyone's daily life. The program includes:

  • The testing of pre-packaged commodities to assure that the net-quantity statement on the label is accurate.
  • The testing and inspection of commercial weighing and measuring devices to insure accuracy to protect the buyer and seller.
  • Enforcing requirements for petroleum products including antifreeze, brake fluid, motor oil, grades of diesel and octane levels of gasoline.
  • We enforce Weighmaster rules and regulations to ensure compliance with State law so that the public and industry are informed as to what was purchased or sold.

We promote fairness and equity in the marketplace for Siskiyou County residents and businesses. The mission of weights and measures is to allow a good value comparison to the consumer while maintaining fair competition between business.

Consumer - Crop Report

The annual crop report is required by the Food and Agricultural Code Section 2279 for the purpose of publishing an accurate and meaningful report on the state of the agricultural conditions in Siskiyou County. Every year, between 350 and 400 copies of the county's crop report are requested by a variety of businesses. Lending and financial institutions are very interested in the crop report.

Consumer - Certified Farmers' Markets

These important markets give the producers of farm products the option of selling directly to the consumer without the requirements of meeting size, pack, container, and labeling requirements (Standardization). This forum gives the public a "direct" link to the production of the crop by buying the produce from the grower. We have had two markets operating in the county, with 24 growers participating in the markets.

Consumer - Organic Producers

We are the local enforcement agency regarding the registration of organic producers and handlers. We assist the people and businesses in the registration process and we explain the requirements of the California organic law. No pesticides may have been used on the land for organic food production two years prior to the production of food labeled as `organic,' and of course, no pesticides may be used on these crops once they are considered organic.

Currently, we have 45 registered growers in Siskiyou County.

Agriculture Resource Center

Resource Title Downloadable File Type
2015 Siskiyou County Crop & Livestock Report Download File Report
2016 Siskiyou County Crop and Livestock Report Download File Report
2018 Apiary Registration Download File Application
Certified Farmers' Market Application Download File Application
Certified Producer's Certificate Download File Application
Certified Producers Certificate - Supplemental Page Download File
Nematode Certification Agreement Download File Application
Nematode Certification Application Download File Application
Noxious Weeds Identification and Characteristics Slideshow 2015 Download File Other
Nursery Stock - Fee Exempt Sell License Download File License
Pest Control Advisor County Registration Application Download File Application
Pest Control Aircraft Pilot County Registration Download File Application
Pest Control Business County Registration Download File Application
Public Records Request Form Download File Report
Shelter Visitation Policy Download File Policy
Structural Pest Control Business Branch 2 & 3 Download File Application
Structural Pest Control Business Registration Branch 1 Download File Application
Weed Free Forage Field Inspection Application Download File Application
Weights & Measures Device Registration Form Download File Application