Nursery and Seed Inspection

Greenhouse full of tomato transplantsThe Department staff inspect production nurseries for pests injurious to plants and for freedom from weeds; assist nursery personnel with pest identification; and inspect incoming shipments of nursery stock for pests, proper labeling and condition. Inspectors also issue shipping permits, nursery stock certificates and other required certificates to facilitate movement of nursery stock in trade.

Staff inspectors check agricultural, vegetable, grass, and flower seed at retail and wholesale outlets throughout the County to ensure compliance with the California Seed Law. Seed must be labeled correctly as to purity, germination, percentage, kind or variety and contaminants. Inspectors take official samples of seed for submission to the California Department of Food and Agriculture Seed Laboratory for analysis. The results are then compared to the label on the seed container that was sampled to verify that the labeling truly represents the commodity. Seed lots are also inspected for possible insects of quarantine significance, noxious weeds, and noxious seeds.

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