Deputy Ag Commissioner/Sealer
Pest Exclusion & Standardization
Pest Exclusion/QuarantineThis program is intended to prevent the introduction and/or spread of those plant pests and diseases which may be detrimental to agricultural crops. As mentioned earlier, it is the first line of defense against invading exotic pests. In addition, our Department provides an essential service by certifying shipper's compliance with other County, State, and Foreign Quarantine requirements (which allows products to be shipped throughout the world). Our inspectors are Federally certified to perform this type of phytosanitary inspection and certification. The division also inspects nursery stock for disease (including Tristeza virus), as well as for weed and insect pests.
Fruit & Vegetable Quality Control
Tulare County produces some of the finest fruits, nuts and vegetables in the nation. This program involves the enforcement of State laws and regulations pertaining to packing, shipping and quality of fruits, nuts and vegetables. The Agricultural Commissioner also conducts voluntary certification inspections of fruits and vegetables which guarantees their quality, and documents that they are in compliance with State standards.
Tulare County has a local ordinance that regulates the land application of biosolids onto agricultural properties. The Commissioner is the local enforcing agency. Regulating biosolids application helps to ensure the preservation of a clean environment and healthy, productive ag land.