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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.

‘Walnut Buying Period’ Announced in Sutter County

Walnuts 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

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 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.

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