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Agricultural Department
 
Agriculture
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.
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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.
New Insect Pest Detected in Sutter County
 

The Sutter County Agricultural Commissioner has detected a new pest in several Yuba City commercial buildings. The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), Halyomorpha halys, a species native to Asia was introduced into the eastern United States in the mid-1990s. Within the last 15-years this stink bug has established and spread itself throughout the Mid-Atlantic States and is now found in portions of the Western U.S., including California. An adult is about the size of a dime.

BMSB can be a serious pest in fruit and vegetable crops in its immature and adult life stages. Physical damage includes pitting and scarring, making the fruit unmarketable as a fresh product. Some damage to fruit can even render the crop unusable for processed products. Parasitic wasps have been collected from BMSB’s native habitat, but it may be some time before they are ready to be released and used as a control measure.

In addition to plant damage, BMSB are a nuisance to people. When the weather turns cool, BMSB may seek shelter inside homes and other buildings causing irritation to persons sensitive to insect allergens. They do not bite people or pets, nor do they damage buildings. Management for homeowners is to restrict entry into houses during the winter months.

Ag Commissioner Mark Quisenberry stated that for homeowners and businesses, exclusion is the best defense. Patching small opening in outside walls will prevent the pest from entering indoor habitats. If an infestation is detected, using a professional pest exterminator is the best option. The pesticide vapors from so called bug-bombs do not penetrate the crevices stink bugs occupy and they are highly flammable when used or stored near open flame. As for any pesticide, safety first; always read and follow label directions!

Contact Information
 
Agricultural Commissioner: Mark Quisenberry
Address: 142 Garden Highway
Yuba City, CA  95991
Phone Number: (530) 822-7500
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