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Mission Statement

The mission of the Agricultural Commissioner’s Office is to improve and protect agriculture, natural resources, and the quality of life in Santa Barbara County.

About the Department

The Agricultural Commissioner’s Office enforces laws and regulations in our agricultural and weights & measures programs. The Pesticide use enforcement and pest prevention are the main components of the Agriculture budget program. These programs are designed to ensure the safe and legal use of pesticides and to prevent the introduction of harmful exotic pests.  The Department also issues over 9,000 Phytosanitary certificates a year that enable local agricultural products to enter the global marketplace.   


The Weights & Measures budget program protects businesses and consumers by ensuring fairness in the marketplace.  Inspectors check the accuracy of over 6,500 commercial devices in the County each year and check over 750 stores with point-of-sale (scanner) systems for pricing accuracy.


The Department also provides education and outreach to farmers, farm workers, businesses and the public on regulatory compliance, integrated pest management, reduced risk pesticide use, and pests of concern.


Additionally, the Department has a contract with the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) for $162,000.  This funding helps support the services of their Farm Advisors, Master Gardener Program, 4-H Program, and their Youth and Adult Nutrition Education Program.   

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