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Due to significant public health concerns from the COVID-19 coronavirus and the proclamation of a local emergency established to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Department of Agriculture/Weights and Measures will be closed to the public until further notice. Please contact the Department via phone or email for additional information or to obtain necessary services.

Please see the March 2020 Department of Agriculture / Weights and Measures Update for more information and a list of the Department‚Äč's ‚Äčessential services that will continue to be performed during this closure.

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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