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Annual Certified Private Applicator Workshop December 4, 2014

Agenda and Registration form are now availabe for the workshop.

Posted November 7, 2014

Fall Plastic Recycling Day is Wednesday, October 29th

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 October 7, 2014

Removal of Areas of Sonoma County from European Grapevine Moth Quarantine

On August 27th, USDA announced the eradication of the European Grapevine Moth (Lobesia botrana, EGVM) in Solano and portions of Sonoma and Napa counties.

The action is the result of significant progress to remove the pest through regulatory and eradication efforts, as well as the vigilance of growers and local communities.

"This is excellent news for California's winegrape growers and wine producers," said CDFA Secretary Karen Ross. "We must now continue our efforts and ultimately rid California of the European grapevine moth."

This action reduces the area of the EGVM quarantine from 686 square miles to 446 square miles, a 35 percent reduction. Portions of Napa County and Sonoma County remain under quarantine.

We have updated our website. Maps and other information may be found here:

Posted September 15, 2014

The USDA Sonoma-Marin County Newsletter is now available

In this issue:

  • 2014 Acreage Reporting Dates
  • Coc Nomination Deadline
  • 2012 & 2013 Elap Losses Must Be Filed By Aug. 1, 2014 For Honeybee, Livestock And Farm-Raised Fish Losses
  • Livestock Disaster Assistance Sign-Up Underway
  • Filing For 2014 Nap Losses
  • Save Time Make An Appointment With FSA

Posted July 15, 2014

National Organic Certification Cost Share Program

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program (NOP) is providing funds to assist with the cost of organic certification under the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program. Accordingly, the California Department of Food and Agriculture will be distributing reimbursement to operations that have been certified by a USDA accredited certifying agent.

Eligible entities will be reimbursed up to 75 percent of their organic certification costs, not to exceed $750 per category. Any organic operation in California that has received or renewed organic certification on or between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014 may apply for reimbursement. Applications must be postmarked no later than December 31, 2014.

In order to receive reimbursement, applicants must submit a completed Federal Organic Cost Share Application (ORG-106) along with a copy of certification, copies of associated expense invoices required to obtain and/or maintain certification, and a completed Payee Data Record Form (STD 204).

To apply online go to and click on Cost Share Application.

Posted July 7, 2014

European Grapevine Moth Found in Cazadero

The Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner, in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), announces the detection of a single male European Grapevine Moth (EGVM, Lobesia botrana) in the western portion of Sonoma County, near Cazadero. The moth was identified on Thursday, June 26th in a trap from a vineyard.

In response to the detection, agricultural officials immediately deployed delimitation traps at the rate of 100 traps per square mile. A visual survey for EGVM eggs and larvae has been conducted and the results are negative. The grower has been contacted.

A single detection does not trigger a quarantine; however, if additional EGVM are detected within 3 miles of the original detection, a quarantine will be declared around the finds. This area of Sonoma County has had no previous EGVM detections. The closest previous detections of EGVM were over 20 miles away. Agricultural officials are investigating this isolated EGVM detection.

Posted July 3, 2014

2013 Crop Report

Each year the Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner releases a report on agricultural production.

The reported total value for 2013 was $848,323,200, representing a slight increase of 4% from the 2012 value of $812,726,100. This report reflectsthe gross production values; not the net income or costs of production and marketing.

Read More of the 2013 Crop Report (8.93 MB)

Posted June 24, 2014

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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