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Pesticide Use Enforcement

Recycle the Jug Trailer Full of Plastic The Pesticide Use Enforcement Division provides for the proper, safe, and efficient use of pesticides essential for production of food and fiber and for protection of the public health and safety. It also protects the environment from potentially harmful pesticides by prohibiting, regulating or ensuring proper stewardship of pesticides. An important component of the program focuses on agricultural and pest control workers, ensuring safe working conditions, use of proper protective equipment and training for employees who work with or around pesticides. Other components of the program include pesticide use reporting, incident investigations, outreach activities promoting best management practices, and monitoring applications in the field.

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Considered Alternatives and Mitigations to Restricted Materials


Dear Growers and PCA’s,

As we enter into the 2021 pesticide permit season, California’s County Agricultural Commissioners want to make you aware of some new information that will be required prior to issuing you a restricted materials permit. Title 3 of the California Code of Regulations (CCR), section 6426 requires a permit applicant (grower) and pest control advisers to consider feasible alternatives to the use of restricted materials before applying for a restricted material permit with the county agricultural commissioner (CAC). What that means is that starting in 2021, you will need to provide your CAC with documentation that you have considered non-restricted alternatives to each restricted material that you place on your permit. Specifically, you should consider the following:

  • Effectiveness (consider: broad control vs. selectivity, allowable applications per season, delivery mechanism, etc.)
  • Reliability (consider: weather effects, resistance development, effects of other species such as argentine ants when attempting to control mealybugs, etc.)
  • Economic Factors (consider: cost-benefit of application, quality metrics, harvest timing, trade restrictions, etc.)
  • Environmental Factors (consider: how alternative could avoid or substantially lessen any significant environmental effect)
  • Social Factors (consider: nearby buildings or institutions, availability of labor and PPE, likeliness of drift, etc.)
  • Technological Factors (consider: delivery mechanism, type of sprayer available, acreage and topography, automation, etc.)

The CAC will consider the information you provided above in its independent review of your permit application and in the CAC’s consideration of feasible alternatives and mitigation measures, per Title 3, CCR section 6432. We know that this new requirement will create an added workload, but pledge to do our best to work with you to ensure that you can continue to protect your crops while maintaining full compliance with California’s pesticide laws and regulations. Please contact your local CAC for more information.

New Paraquat Label Requirements


New labeling states that paraquat handlers, mixers and loaders must now be a certified applicator and must complete the online paraquat EPA training module. Paraquat Dichloride products that enter the market place after November 14th, 2019 are required to have the new labels; some older product may still be in the channels of trade. The EPA training module certification can be found at:

Please provide a copy of your or your employee’s certification to our office.

California Law Requires Beekeepers to Register Bees

BeeWhere Logo

Beewhere is a real-time mapping system where users can mark hives with a simple pin drop in the field. This also allows for easy notification of pesticide applications.

Learn more at

Pesticide Incident Reporting


If this is an emergency and pesticides endanger people's health, call 911.

Please contact (530) 822-7307 if a Pesticide incident occurs after business hours or on weekends.

Si ocurre un incidente de pesticida despues del horario de oficina o fines de semana, favor de comunicarse al (530) 822-7307.


The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has launched a new mobile app CASPIR (California's System for Pesticide Incident Reporting) which provides a quick and easy way to report pesticide incidents in California from mobile phones and tablets (available in Spanish)

For environmental complaints beyond pesticides (in English and Spanish) please visit (available in Spanish)

Download the app: (For Apple)(For Android)



Create a CalAgPermits User Name and Password at in order to quickly submit Use Reports and Notices of Intent. While we encourage the use of CalAgPermits for all report submissions, paper versions can be delivered to our office or emailed to [email protected]

Meetings / Training / Events


Kill The Bug Recycle The Jug

We have recycled 97,753 pounds of pesticide containers in 2020! We now have recycled over a million pounds of pesticide containers since 2007!! Good job Sutter County growers, and thank you for participating.


IMPORTANT: All Private Applicator Certificate holders are required to obtain six hours of continuing education hours every three years; of which two hours must be in Laws and Regulations. The Sutter County Agricultural Commissioner's Office will host four meetings starting in November to assist in this requirement . Each class will be worth three hours of continuing education hours, pending approval. The 2020 Continuing Education Schedule will be released in October.

Contact Sutter County Agricultural Office at (530) 822-7500 for information

Sutter County Environmental Contamination / Worker Safety Suspected Violation Hotline

Business Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm
(530) 822-7500
Sheriff Dispatch (After Hours & Holidays):
(530) 822-7307

Division Staff

  • Chris Ramirez, Agricultural Biologist III
  • Haily Dutton, Agricultural Biologist I
  • Kim Hicks, Agricultural Biologist III
  • Sean Nelson, Agricultural Biologist III
  • Trisha Royce, Secretary

Office Hours


Contact Information

Deputy Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer:
Scott Bowden
142 Garden Highway
Yuba City, CA  95991
Phone Number:
(530) 822-7500
Fax Number:
(530) 822-7510
Notice of Intent:
(530) 822-7507

Language Access Complaints

Language access assistance resolution process (in English and Spanish)