On Tues., Nov. 2, 2010, the Placer County Board of Supervisors named Joshua “Josh” P. Huntsinger to the position of Placer County Agricultural Commissioner and Sealer of Weights and Measures. The appointment will take effect in January, 2011, when current Commissioner Christine Turner officially retires from the position. Until then, Huntsinger will continue in his current role as Deputy Commissioner, in which he has served since 2006.
“Josh has demonstrated his commitment to farmers, consumers and citizens of Placer County. I am confident he will continue that service as he moves forward in this new position.” stated Supervisor Kirk Uhler, current Chairman of the Placer County Board of Supervisors.
|Joshua "Josh" Huntsinger|
Huntsinger graduated magna cum laude from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor’s degree in fruit science. He was hired by the county shortly thereafter, initially serving as an agricultural and standards inspector.
Both sides of Huntsinger’s family were involved in farming, and he is well aware of the need for economic vitality. “Farmers can keep farming if they make money,” he said, “and the more successful they are in farming, the less pressure they may feel from development interests.”
“Placer County has a huge undeveloped potential for farming and farmers’ markets,” he said. “As popular as farmers’ markets are here, they serve less than one percent of the population, and people may only come once a year.
“If we could reach even five percent of the consumers, there would be a significant impact on the economic viability of local agriculture. Small changes would have a big effect. Educating the public about locally grown crops could be very helpful.
“There are multiple opportunities to sell locally grown crops in the cities of Placer County, especially in Roseville,” he said. “People can get the best – right here!”
“I am very glad Josh will be here to continue Christine’s work promoting agriculture in Placer County,” Supervisor Robert M. Weygandt said. “Christine has worked closely with local growers and farm groups to strengthen the market for locally grown farm products. With his background and dedication to agriculture, Josh has the credentials needed to take that effort to new levels in the years to come.”
In addition to promoting agriculture, the commissioner is responsible for overseeing pest prevention, pesticide use enforcement and farmers markets accountability.
The job of Sealer of Weights and Measures also includes consumer protection responsibilities, including assurance that devices, such as gasoline pumps, accurately measure what the customer buys.
Huntsinger is licensed by the California Department of Food and Agriculture, and recently participated in the California Agricultural Leadership Program. He completed the US Environmental Protection Agency Pesticide Regulatory Education Program with the University of California, Davis, in 2007.