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El Dorado and Alpine Counties

Department of Agriculture

Weights and Measures

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Our Mission:

To protect, enhance, and promote the preservation of agriculture and the environment, sustain public health, safety, and the welfare of all citizens, all the while providing consumer and marketplace protection through the fair and equitable enforcement of laws and regulations.

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Our staff is dedicated to assisting the residents of El Dorado County through our various programs and services, including, but not limited to: pesticide registration and regulation, nursery inspections and compliance, organic production, pest detection, weed abatement, crop statistics, wildlife services, land use information, and consumer and business protection through our weights and measures program.

From this site you will be able to find links to the extensive collection of programs performed by our department, upcoming events, and regional items of interest. Scroll down for announcements and press releases. 
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To contact a farm advisor or access any other advisory or research needs, visit the University of California Cooperative Extension, Central Sierra, located across the hall from our Department, or visit their website at: cecentralsierra.ucanr.edu


Annual Pesticide Permit, OPID and Business Registration Renewals

We will start offering 2024 permit and OPID renewals on December 1st, 2023. Please call (530) 621-5520 to make an appointment. No walk-ins accepted.

Pest control businesses and farm labor contractor registrations are now being accepted for 2024. Forms and fees for each type of registration are available on our Forms page at https://www.edcgov.us/Government/ag/Pages/forms.aspx. Payment is accepted by cash or check ONLY. 

Livestock Related

Proposed USDA Meat Processing Facility Survey - Respond by November 16th, 2023.

Want to learn more about cattle health? Sign up for educational webinars from the University of California here.

Crop Report & Wine Grape Survey

The 2022 Crop Report is now available.

The 2022 Wine Grape Survey Report is now available.

Ranch Marketing & Winery Ordinance

Grant Funding Available

New grant funding is available through CCOF to assist farmers transitioning to organic practices. The grant awards are $10,000 per year for a period of 3 years. 

More information and application here. Apply by October 27, 2023.

Ag Pass Program

Compost Program - El Dorado Disposal

El Dorado Disposal has announced a Pilot Compost Program for agricultural and community use per CA SB-1383. Pilot Compost Procurement Program.pdf

Assistance for Disaster Damage

The USDA has announced corrections to their Emergency Relief Program (ERP) for 2020 and 2021 disasters. Read more details on their page:

The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) is offering emergency farm loans for winter storm damage and crop losses sustained after February 21, 2023. Applications must be made by December 14, 2023. For more information, View the declaration information here and read more from the FSA here.

President Biden issued a disaster declaration for the December 2022 and January 2023 floods. Read about declaration here, and read about available assistance here.

The USDA and CDFA have compiled a list of available resources for flood recovery assistance. You can read about the various programs here

Other Announcements

Keep Spotted Lanternfly out of California. Learn more about this invasive pest and what to do if you see one in English or Spanish

The Weights and Measures device fee schedule is available. Click here to download and view fees.

Accepted Customs and Standards for Bird Frightening Devices

USDA informational document, "Bark Beetles in California Conifers. Are Your Trees Susceptible?" can be downloaded by clicking here.

California Department of Food and Agriculture's Drought Resources Webpage

Regarding the El Dorado Irrigation District (EID) Small Farm Irrigation Rate