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2014 Drought Workshop

Drought is a critical issue for all of Sonoma County growers and ranchers. As the rainy season comes to an end, the need to manage available water, existing forage, and crops becomes increasingly important. Producers and ranchers should consider all possible management practices to maintain crop and forage growth while maximizing water efficiency.

To assist these agricultural producers and work together on solutions, the Drought Workshop has been organized for:

2014 Drought Workshop
February 21, 2014
8:30 am 4:00 pm.
Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Finley Hall
1350 Bennett Valley Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Workshop Agenda (PDF)
Read the Press Release

Posted February 14, 2014

Survey for Agricultural Loss Due to Drought and Frost (PDF: 216 kB)

The Agricultural Commissioner's Office is conducting an agricultural loss survey to determine the extent of and nature of crop loss due to weather conditions in Sonoma County during 2013-2014. The results of this survey may lead to additional assistance being made available, so participation is important. Surveys are due January 31, 2014.

Attention: Airport Boulevard Exit from Hwy 101 Northbound Closed

Due to construction the Airport Boulevard exit from Hwy 101 northbound is closed, below are alternate directions.

From South:
*Airport Ave. Exit Closed due to Construction*

*Detour or Alternate Route:

  • Take Fulton Rd. Exit
  • Proceed straight to Airport Boulevard
  • Turn left on Airport Boulevard
  • Turn left at Aviation Boulevard (Chevron Station on corner)

Annual Certified Private Applicator Workshop December 5, 2013

Please mark December 5, 2013, on your calendar for our Annual Grower Workshop.  The workshop will be held at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, with registration beginning at 8:00 am and the program starting at 9:00 am.

Agenda (PDF: 183kb)

This year our staff will cover several topics including:

  • Glassy Winged Sharpshooter, Light Brown Apple Moth, and European Grapevine Moth Update
  • Preventing Pesticide Drift
  • Personal Protective Equipment and Supervision of Employees
  • Online Pesticide Use Reports

Additionally, Dr. Lucia Varela from the U.C. Cooperative Extension will give an update on invasive insect species including the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug and the Virginia Creeper Leafhopper.

Two and a half hours of Continuing Education credits have been requested through the California Department of Pesticide Regulation.

Cost: $10 in advance (must be submitted to our office by 4pm on December 2, 2013)

Registration form

$20 at the door

Posted October 23, 2013

Fall Plastic Recycling Day is Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Plastic pesticide & chemical containers accepted from growers, dairies, nurseries, pest control businesses, golf courses, parks, and government agencies from 9 am-3 pm at the Healdsburg Corporate Yard. For more information: Fall Plastic Recycling

Posted September 19, 2013

Attention Wineries Receiving Grapes from an EGVM Quarantine Area

The European Grapevine Moth (EGVM) quarantine area in Sonoma County has been reduced since last year's harvest. There are very few wineries with receiving locations still within the EGVM quarantine area. Maps of the quarantine area may be found here: Maps EGVM Quarantine

If you will be receiving grapes from within the quarantine area and your receiving location is no longer within the quarantine area, you will need a different compliance agreement exhibit. Please print out the D2 exhibit, sign and return to our office via mail, fax (707) 565-3850, or email at Please include your business name and compliance agreement number on the exhibit.

A listing of the key quarantine requirements for harvest is located on our website: Harvest Time Information

No More Same Day CPCs

Effective July 1, 2013, we will no longer be able to issue same day CPCs, even for certificate renewals with no or minimal changes. This change will ensure a thorough review of all CPCs. Please allow two weeks to process your CPC. CPC applications and renewals will continue to be accepted via fax, mail, in person, or by email at:

Posted May 31, 2013

Grading, Drainage, Vineyard & Orchard Site Development
Updated Permit Application Information

Please note:

All projects, including Level I and Level II projects require an appointment when submitting completed permit application and required documents. Please call (707) 565-2371 to schedule an intake appointment.

Posted April 25, 2013

Sonoma County Launches Online Gardener Certificate Program

SANTA ROSA, Calif. - The Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner's Office, in collaboration with the Sonoma County Department of Health Services and the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE), announces the launch of an online program to allow local gardeners to sell or donate their eligible produce. The online self-certification program supports goals outlined in the Sonoma County Healthy and Sustainable Food Action Plan, and reflects the County's ongoing commitment to supporting locally grown healthy foods and increasing access for consumers.

The Agricultural Commissioner's office will be hosting two informational meetings about the program on April 16th, and May 13th, 2013 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the Agricultural Commissioner's conference room located at 133 Aviation Blvd, Suite 110 in Santa Rosa. All interested gardeners are encouraged to attend.

Please go to the following website to register for one of the informational meetings as space is limited:

The Approved Produce Gardener Certificate website can be accessed from the following URL:

Posted April 3, 2013

Historical Crop Reports

As the new year begins, we share a look back at the history of Sonoma County agriculture through 84 years of Sonoma County Crop Reports from the Agricultural Commissioner’s Office. This vast and significant base of knowledge is available because of farmers participation in crop report surveys over decades. Note to Growers: Please complete your crop report surveys and return them to our office by March 1, 2013. You may mail in your envelope, or you can fax your surveys to our office at (707) 565-3850. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Andrew Smith at (707) 565-2371.

Posted January 29, 2013

Continuing Education Class Information

Fresno County Department of Agriculture in conjunction with the California Agricultural Commissioners and Sealers Association (CACASA). Offers online classes for licensees and certificate holders to complete courses to obtain continuing education requirements mandated by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) in the category of 'laws and regulations'.

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