Due to the current outbreak of Covid-19, the Placer County Agriculture/Weights and Measures Department and UC Cooperative Extension/Farm Advisor offices will be closed to the public effective March 17, 2020.
Staff will continue to provide regulatory inspection and permit services in the field as needed, but will be minimizing or eliminating routine activities that are not time-sensitive. Where possible, staff will perform computer work from home. Administrative staff will remain available to receive phone calls, and dispatch inspection staff. All staff have been provided with gloves and hand sanitizer, and have been instructed to maintain social distance standards per public health protocols. All service requests should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-889-7372
Agriculture has always played an important part in Placer County's economic success and colorful history. The Board of Supervisors continues to support and encourage agriculture in the county with the Right to Farm ordinance and the Placer Legacy Open Space and Agricultural Conservation Project.
The Agriculture Department responsibilities include:
- Performing agricultural and pesticide inspections
- Helping farmers maintain healthy crops and livestock
- Certifying weighing and measuring devices for consumer protection
- Performing quantity control and price verification inspections
- Assisting in predatory animal control
The department’s Wildlife Services program is conducted for the purpose of assisting Placer County citizens with wildlife-related issues and offering technical assistance for behavior modification, use of repellents, exclusion, and habitat modification. Wildlife Specialists primarily trap problem skunks, raccoons, and opossums in and around the urban areas as well as in rural areas. Staff also responds to depredation calls involving the loss of livestock and pets from predators like coyotes, mountain lions, and bears. They also assist with beavers that build dams that often result in the flooding and damage of property. Animals are euthanized and not relocated in compliance with State Fish and Game Codes.
Land Use Issues
Review, and comment on, projects potentially affecting agriculture in the County like the:
- Highway 65 Bypass
- Land Use Permitting Issues Related to Agriculture
- Placer Vineyards
- Regional University
- Rezoning Proposals of Agricultural Land
Assist to resolve issues related to compatible land uses involving production agriculture and the keeping of livestock and horses.
Agricultural Marketing Program
Consistent with Placer County’s General Plan policies and goals related to agriculture, the Agricultural Marketing Program promotes Placer County agriculture through:
- Development of agricultural marketing products
- Media coverage of agricultural stories and events
- Building community partnerships that highlight agriculture
- Increasing public awareness of, and support for eating fresh, local in season produce
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