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Agricultural Department

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.

Mission Statement


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.

2017 Census of Agriculture


CDFA is partnering with USDA/NASS in promoting the 2017 Census of Agriculture, which will begin in just a few months. Taking part in the census is an opportunity for California’s farmers and ranchers to make a positive impact on their operations and communities by helping tell the story of US agriculture and the significant role California plays in that story. You can sign up online at the following link:

CDFA Census of Agriculture

Weather Related Agriculture Damage


Emergency Application of Fungicides to Orchards with Standing Water


The Department of Pesticide Regulations has authorized the use of specific fungicides on orchards that have standing water present. These orchards must have standing water only and may not have any water that will flow into state waterways. The standing water cannot be pumped off of the orchard after the fungicide application and no applications are allowed if the soil moisture is at field capacity and a storm event is predicted within 48 hours of the application. This authorization is in effect until June 1, 2017. More information can be obtained at our office or in the attached document.

Proposed Regulatory Action: Pesticide Use Near Schools


Attention all growers:

Department of Pesticide Regulations proposes to adopt sections 6690, 6691, 6692, and 6693 of Title 3, California Code of Regulations. In summary, the proposed action would require growers to notify public K-12 schools, child day care facilities, and county agricultural commissioners when certain pesticide applications made for the production of an agricultural commodity near a schoolsite are planned in the coming year and also a few days prior to the applications. In addition, certain pesticide applications near these schoolsites will be prohibited at certain times.

Any interested person can submit written comments on the proposed regulation by 5 p.m. on November 17, 2016 to

Sutter County Walnut Theft Prevention Ordinance


Walnut Hullers

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. Data is refreshed throughout the day, every day.

Sutter County Drought Information


Sutter County, like the rest of California, is in the fourth 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.

Office Hours


Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Contact Information

Agricultural Commissioner:
Lisa Herbert
142 Garden Highway
Yuba City, CA  95991
Phone Number:
(530) 822-7500