Special Services

Special Services

Apiary Inspection

This program emphasizes the registration and site location of honeybee colonies in the county as well as the investigation of apiary complaints and certification of colonies for strength and health upon request.

Crop Statistics

As required by the California Food and Agricultural Code, the Agricultural Commissioner is required to provide an annual report of the County’s agricultural statistics. This report includes an annual listing of the gross production and value of the county’s agricultural commodities. This demographic and financial information is used by real estate professionals, financial institutions, producers, libraries, businesses, schools, agencies, and other interested parties to the benefit of the local economy. Many important financial decisions that affect our county’s financial viability are made on the basis of this report. Disasters to agriculture such as drought are surveyed and the information collected is used by other State and Federal agencies offering disaster relief.

Weights and Measures

The Sealer of Weights and Measures is charged with enforcement of the California Business and Professions Code and the California Code of Regulations pertaining to issues of “equity in the marketplace” and involving weights and measures matters, including the testing of packaged commodities for content and labeling accuracy. The Sealer performs regulatory testing of various commercial weighing and measuring devices as prescribed by the California Business and Professions Code.

In order to carry out this charge, it is necessary to maintain certified standards which are traceable to the National Institute of Standards and Technology. “Equity in the marketplace” and protection of the consuming public is also accomplished according to code sections dealing with the accuracy of net contents statements, specialized measurements, petroleum price advertising, and weighmaster operations and records audits. Regulations governing the Sealer’s performance are found in the California Code of Regulations, Title 4.

Specific programs are as follows:

  • Measuring Devices
  • Petroleum
  • Quantity Control
  • Service Agents
  • Weighing Devices
  • Weighmasters

Accuracy

Accuracy of weights and measures has been important to all segments of society from biblical times. A very high percentage of things bought and sold are by weight, measure, or count. Weights and Measures laws have been in effect in the United States since 1836. In virtually any transaction you may make, the county weights and measures inspector serves as the “third party” protecting both business and the consumer to ensure equity and fairness in the marketplace.

Benefiting Consumers

Everyone has purchased items that were either weighed, measured, or metered by volume. The Sealer of Weights and Measures is responsible for checking and approving every weighing device that is used to charge money by weight. For example, when you purchase fruit, vegetables, or cuts of meat, you have directly benefited from our assurance that the seller’s scale is correct. When you purchase gasoline, that pump has been tested for accuracy and sealed by us; the quality of the gas is also tested to ensure that you are getting the correct grade and octane. Even when you purchase items at the store and go through the checkout line using bar codes, we also make sure that you are being charged the correct price.