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Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer of Weights and Measures

Placer County Agriculture Weight and Measures Seal

Joshua Huntsinger, Commissioner/Sealer of Weights & Measures
11477 E Avenue, Auburn, CA 95603
Fax 530-823-1698
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Agriculture has always played an important part in Placer County's economic success and colorful history. The Board of Supervisors continues to support and encourage agriculture in the county with the Right to Farm ordinance and the Placer Legacy Open Space and Agricultural Conservation Project.

The Agriculture Department responsibilities include:

  • Performing agricultural and pesticide inspections
  • Helping farmers maintain healthy crops and livestock
  • Certifying weighing and measuring devices for consumer protection
  • Performing quantity control and price verification inspections
  • Assisting in predatory animal control

Agricultural and Environmental Protection


Consumer Protection

The purpose of the Weights and Measures program is to promote value comparison and fair competition in the marketplace.

Wildlife Services

The department’s Wildlife Services program is conducted for the purpose of assisting Placer County citizens with wildlife-related issues and offering technical assistance for behavior modification, use of repellents, exclusion, and habitat modification. Wildlife Specialists primarily trap problem skunks, raccoons, and opossums in and around the urban areas as well as in rural areas. Staff also responds to depredation calls involving the loss of livestock and pets from predators like coyotes, mountain lions, and bears. They also assist with beavers that build dams that often result in the flooding and damage of property. Animals are euthanized and not relocated in compliance with State Fish and Game Codes.

Land Use Issues

Review, and comment on, projects potentially affecting agriculture in the County like the Hwy. 65 bypass, Placer Vineyards, Regional University, rezoning proposals of agricultural land, and land use permitting issues related to agriculture. Assist to resolve issues related to compatible land uses involving production agriculture and the keeping of livestock and horses.

Agricultural Marketing Program

Consistent with Placer County’s General Plan policies and goals related to agriculture, the Agricultural Marketing Program promotes Placer County agriculture through the development of agricultural marketing products, media coverage of agricultural stories and events, building community partnerships that highlight agriculture, increasing public awareness of, and support for eating fresh, local in season produce.

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