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Due to significant public health concerns from the COVID-19 coronavirus and the need to meet social distancing requirements, the Department of Agriculture/Weights and Measures' offices are currently operating under modified schedules. 

All three of our offices are staffed and have partially re-opened to serve our customers. However, customers are strongly encouraged to call ahead and make appointments for any necessary services. 

Please see the July 2020 Department of Agriculture / Weights and Measures Update for more information on current office hours, or contact us at the Department's main phone line or email.

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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

Organic

  • 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