Product Quality and Consumer Protection

Program Mission Statement:

The product quality programs serve consumers and the agricultural industry by assuring that agricultural products meet quality standards.

The consumer is assured a quality agricultural product through inspections and compliance with applicable laws. Agricultural businesses are afforded a fair and equitable opportunity to market their products.

Certified Farmers' Markets

  • Assures consumers are only offered products produced by the seller
  • Allows agricultural producers the opportunity to market their products locally and directly to the consumer
  • Investigates complaints and unlawful market practices

Nursery Inspection

  • Reduces pest movement on plants for sale
  • Provide consumers with nursery stock that meets cleanliness standards
  • Monitors shipments of plants for exotic pests

Seed Inspection

  • Ensures quality and weed-free seeds


  • Registers organic growers
  • Inspects growing sites to assure compliance with the National Organic Program
  • Investigates unlawful organic production practices
  • Investigates complaints about false organic advertising

Related Services

Certified Farmers' Market Registration
Farmers' Market Certified Producer Certificate
Organic Production Registration
Seed Law

Current Job Openings in the Department of Agriculture / Weights and Measures

Assistant Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer

The County of San Luis Obispo Department of Agriculture / Weights and Measures is seeking an Assistant Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer who is an exceptional leader, approachable and responsive, an excellent communicator, is a community and peer collaborator, and holds him/herself and others to the highest standards.

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Weights and Measures Inspector Trainee

The County of San Luis Obispo Department of Agriculture / Weights and Measures is currently recruiting for one full-time, permanent status Weights and Measures Inspector Trainee.  The Trainee is an entry level position working under the direct supervision of the program deputy to perform inspection work within specialized programs that support and protect businesses and consumers.

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Pest Detection Trapper

The County of San Luis Obispo Department of Agriculture / Weights and Measures is accepting applications for temporary/seasonal Pest Detection Trappers.  Incumbents perform trapping activities for insects not known to occur in California and other pest prevention activities in accordance with guidelines provided by the State of California.

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