Appointed by the Board of Supervisors to a four-year term, the County Agricultural Commissioner is responsible for the local administration of certain federal, state, and local laws and regulations which protect the public’s health, safety and welfare, the environment, agriculture, and the consumer. The Agricultural Commissioner is also the County Sealer of Weights and Measures.
Our mission is to serve the public's interest by ensuring equity
in the marketplace, promoting and protecting agriculture, assuring
environmental quality, and protecting the health, safety and welfare
of Sutter County's citizens.
We fulfill our mission through the
following programs: Pest Exclusion, Pesticide Use Enforcement,
Pest Detection, Fruit and Vegetable Standardization, Egg Quality Control,
Pest Management, Nursery Inspection, Pest Eradication, Seed Inspection,
Weights and Measures Enforcement, Predatory Animal Control, and
other non-regulatory and special services programs.
‘Walnut Buying Period’ Announced in Sutter County
In accordance with Sutter County’s new ordinance to deter theft of commercial
walnuts during the harvest period, Sutter County Agricultural Commissioner
Mark Quisenberry has announced the official “Walnut Buying Period” starts
Saturday, November 1, beginning a window period that will end April 30, 2015.
The Walnut Theft Prevention ordinance adopted this year by the Board of
Supervisors prohibits the sale or possession of walnuts by non-processing
walnut buying operations within the boundaries of Sutter County until the
Agricultural Commissioner, in consultation with local growers, determines
the harvest of the Chandler variety of walnuts has been concluded.
The ordinance was established to deter thefts from commercial walnut growers
by creating a time frame for walnut purchases and the use of documentation to
identify the growers of walnuts.
“For walnut buyers and sellers during this period, proof of ownership is a
mandatory requirement of the ordinance, specifically a proof of ownership
form approved by this office,” said Mr. Quisenberry.
There are more than 34,000 acres of walnuts planted in Sutter County, with
a value in excess of $143 million. As the price of walnuts has increased, so
have the thefts.
There are similar ordinances in place in Butte, Tehama, Glenn, and Yuba
counties, and in several counties to the south.
Sutter County Walnut Theft Prevention Ordinance
On August 5, 2014, the Sutter County Board of Supervisors passed and adopted the Sutter County Walnut Theft
Prevention Ordinance. The purpose of this ordinance is to establish requirements regarding the
transportation and identification of walnut crops, including establishing a walnut buying period. It is
the purpose and intent of this ordinance to establish a means of verifying ownership of specified
agricultural commodities in order to prevent and deter theft of walnuts.
Sutter County Department of Agriculture Weather Station Data
Get the latest weather data from the Weather Station at Garden Highway.
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Sutter County Drought Information
Sutter County, like the rest of California, is in the third year of extreme drought. The Board of Supervisors has
declared a state of local emergency and is asking residents and business to voluntarily cut back on water use by
20 percent. A Sutter County Drought Task Force has been formed to monitor the situation, advocate conservation,
and prepare for response to developments.
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