The Agricultural Commissioner is dedicated to worker health and safety, the protection of environmental resources, and the promotion of the agricultural sector of Monterey County.
Eric Lauritzen and other Ag Commissioners travel to Washington D.C. to represent agricultural issues in California!
California Department of Pesticide Regulation Director pays a visit to the Agricultural Commissioner's Office in Salinas!
Monterey County Ag Commissioner has little 'down time'- The Californian.com
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Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner is currently recruiting for the following positions:
Applications may be obtained from and submitted to:
Monterey CAO-Human Resources Division
168 West Alisal Street, 3rd Floor
Salinas, CA 93901
Or You may apply online at www.co.monterey.ca.us/personnel.
Monterey County Hazard Mitigation Plan Update
Monterey County, in coordination with all of its incorporated municipalities, is preparing a comprehensive update to its Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. The plan is intended to identify local policies and actions to reduce the risk of future losses from natural hazards. The plan also serves to meet key federal planning regulations which require local governments to develop a hazard mitigation plan as a condition for receiving certain types of non-emergency disaster assistance. Monterey County residents are invited to share their thoughts, ideas, and local knowledge in the process to update the current Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Plan.
2011 Economic Contributions of Monterey County New Site Location
The 2011 Economic Contributions of Monterey County Agriculture report can now be found in “Crop Report & Economic Contributions” under the “Forms & Publications” tab.
To view the 2011 Economic Contribution Report please click here.
DPR 2012 Air Monitoring Shows Pesticides Well Below Heath Screening
SACRAMENTO - For the second year in a row, the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) air monitoring, in various California rural agricultural communities, shows nearly three dozen pesticides have residue levels well below levels established to protect human health and the environment.
“This is reassuring news for residents,” said DPR Director Brian Leahy. “Our monitoring in 2012 shows that none of the pesticides exceeded their screening levels, indicating a low health risk to the people in these communities. These findings indicate that the state and county restrictions are keeping air concentrations below the health protective targets set by DPR.”
In 2012, as part of its commitment to statewide air monitoring, DPR monitored 33 pesticides and five pesticide breakdown products in three California communities: Salinas (Monterey County), Shafter (Kern County) and Ripon (San Joaquin County).
These communities, part of the DPR air monitoring network (AMN), were selected from a list of 226 communities based on pesticide use on surrounding farmland and demographics, including the percentage of children, the elderly and farm workers in the local population.
The pesticides were selected based on their potential health risks and the amount used. They include methyl bromide and chlorpyrifos. Results released today also include methyl bromide concentrations monitored by Air Resources Board stations in Oxnard (Ventura County), Santa Maria (Santa Barbara County) and near Watsonville (Monterey County) at DPR’s request.
Overall, the AMN 2012 report found that 94.5 percent of the 6,002 analyses (number of samples times the number of chemicals analyzed) resulted in no detectable concentrations.
Updated Crop Report Section
We have updated our crop report section and now have our complete collection of crop reports available in their entirety. Previously, only a summary data was available for older crop reports. Our collection of crop reports span from 1929 through 2012.
Click here to view crop reports.
Monterey County Field Fumigation Conditions
The 2013 Field Soil Fumigation Conditions for Monterey County are now available. They are available on our Pesticide Use & Enforcement Forms page. Click here to be directed to the Pesticide Use & Enforcement Page.
The Latest Generation of Our Wall-sized Ranch Map is Now Available
For this edition, in an attempt to provide you with a greater variety of cartographic style choices, we have created four different versions of the wall map. CDs containing the digital images of all four map versions are for sale ($10 + tax) at our Salinas office.
Find more information and view map samples on our Ranch Map page.
Salinas Study to Clear the Air
As the state Department of Pesticide Regulation prepared to launch the nation’s first long-term, pesticide air monitoring project last year, DPR explained its plan this way: “The aim is to document pesticide levels in ambient air collected from communities with higher populations of children, persons over 65, persons who work on farms and close proximity to agricultural areas with high use of pesticides.” In my view, that description fit Monterey County perfectly. That’s why I went to DPR and pushed hard to be part of this unprecedented study, which will help determine how well state and local pesticide rules protect people and their environment. Read about it here or in the Salinas Californian. Click here for reponses to the Commissioner's article.
Farm Equipment Upgrade Screening Tool Released
Are you operating older diesel tractors and other farm equipment? Use this screening tool to assess options to modernize your equipment.
Save energy, reduce operating costs, and reduce pollution!