California Agricultural Commissioners and Sealers Association 
Protection and Service Since 1881
Fall 2019
CACASA ENEWS 
In California, Agricultural Commissioners and Sealers of Weights and Measures in each county have been working since 1881 to protect individual consumers, the environment and the agriculture industry in the state which is currently ranked #1 in the U.S. in cash receipts at $50 billion. County Agricultural Commissioners and Sealers work to maintain a balance between regulatory requirements and commerce to meet the 21st Century challenges and demands of our dynamic food and agriculture industry and to protect our abundant and varying ecosystems.  Each day we ensure that consumers get what they pay for at the pharmacy, the grocery store and the fuel pump.  We are also continually surveying for harmful pests and plant diseases that could damage some of the 400-plus agricultural crops grown in California, a large part of the global food and fiber supply. 
The California Agricultural Commissioners and Sealers Association (CACASA) is the official organization of County Agricultural Commissioners and Sealers and is incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)6 organization.   
Visit us at:  www.cacasa.org
President's Report
Tim Pelican, CACASA President and San Joaquin County
Agricultural Commissioner and Sealer
Hello from the great County of San Joaquin!
The harvest is about over for almonds and grapes, and walnut harvest is just beginning here. This is the time of year when we begin to think forward and plan ahead for next year. In many counties planning is taking place for grower outreach events such as Spray Safe. Spray Safe is an integral part of many commissioner’s educational programs for multiple reasons, the most important of those is the fact that it is a collaboration between industry groups, growers and regulators. The fact that it is not just regulators telling people what not to do, but others in the industry sharing their knowledge and helping ensure the safe use of pesticides that makes Spray Safe such a successful program.

Many of our counties have released their crop reports for 2018. They can be found on CDFA’s website at https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/exec/county/CountyCropReports.html . Next year’s reports will begin to show the value of our newest commodity, Industrial Hemp. The counties that did have production this year are finding challenges dealing with pesticide issues. Many questions are popping up regarding what has been approved for use to control the pest and disease issues. It has been expressed to DPR that we need to figure out a more transparent way of dealing with these issues so that industry is not getting mixed signals from one county to the next. It would also help to discourage PCAs and Dealers from playing commissioners from different counties in order to get the answer they want to hear.

There are some important matters that will be coming to the forefront this fall and winter. The Chlorpyrifos Alternatives Working Group meets later in October. Lisa Herbert, Sutter County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer, is the CACASA representative. There will also be three public meetings in late January. The overall objective is to have short range, mid-range and long-term goals for the use of pesticides. Also, the discussion over neonics will be coming up this winter as well. It should be an interesting set of discussions as many in the Ag Industry are making the point that neonics are the replacement for chlorpyrifos. I know industry is anxiously waiting for the outcome of these discussion.

In closing I want to express my thanks to my fellow CACASA members for all of the hard work they do every single day trying to better the association as well as deal with the day to day issues in their own counties. What we do isn’t always easy, but when we see our hard work create a great outcome it makes for a good day.  
Executive Director's Report
Sandy Elles, CACASA Executive Director 
I love the beginning of fall brings as it proffers beautiful colors, crisp weather and the ongoing bounty of California’s long harvest season. Fall also portends our Annual Secretary and Director Meeting in Sacramento when we gather with our state and federal partners to hear the latest updates on Commissioner/Sealer issues, share innovative ideas, discuss new research, trends, opportunities and challenges, and network with our peers and colleagues. Join us at the Holiday Inn in the vibrant Downtown Commons (DOCO) area of Sacramento during the week of October 21 st to 25 th. Guest registration information can be found at our website https://cacasa.org/product/2019-secretary-director-conference/.

The summer months flew by with a whirlwind of CACASA activity. We renewed a five-year Memorandum of Agreement with the United States Forest Service (USFS) to limit the introduction, establishment and spread of invasive plant species and we look forward to continuing our partnership to control invasives in the eighteen national forests in California. 

To further bolster weed management work, the state’s Biodiversity Initiative provided $2 million in funding through the 2019 Noxious Weed Grant Program.  Thirty-one projects received grant awards from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) for the implementation of strategic weed control projects that protect agriculture, biodiversity, water resources, fire safety and/or climate resiliency. Another round of funding is planned for 2020 projects. 

On the legislative front, CACASA’s two sponsored bills made their way through the Assembly and Senate and were signed by the Governor.  AB 450, the Apiary Protection Act (Arambula) strengthens apiary protections, and AB 419, extends the Fruit and Vegetable Standardization Program to January 1, 2025 and extends the Seed Subvention to July 1, 2024.

Hemp production oversight remains a hot topic as the opportunities in this nascent industry generated a huge amount of interest and investment. Recent statistics indicate there are 483 industrial hemp registrants (408 growers and 75 seed breeders) covering 31,459 registered acres. San Diego and Riverside Counties have the most registrants with 57 and 54, respectively. Kern and Riverside Counties have the most registered acres with 7,797 and 6,826, respectively.  CACASA members continue to work closely with CDFA as the first round of sampling and testing for this year’s harvest is underway. 
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has drafted the federal Hemp Interim Final Rule, which is still pending regulatory review.  Recently, CACASA hosted several AMS staff for visits to California hemp production sites and we expect to see the Interim Final Rule published this month.

Wishing you an awesome autumn as leaves turn and the fruits, nuts and vegetables are plump and bountiful! 
Message from California Department of Food and Agriculture
Secretary Karen Ross
Hello once again to our friends at CACASA! We’ve had a fast-paced year, so far, and I’m pleased to be able to share some of the latest developments with you.
 
It is an honor to be a part of Governor Newsom’s Cabinet and support his leadership on climate change. His speech at the UN Conference on September 23 rd was a powerful tribute to what California has done in previous Administrations while conveying the tremendous urgency of stepping up mitigation and adaptation measures. The Governor has a particular interest in CDFA’s Healthy Soils Program. We have had great success engaging farmers and ranchers, providing grants for projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, sequester carbon, and improve soil health for water holding capacity and productivity. To date grants totaling nearly $18 million from the Prop. 68 bond and the Climate Investment Fund have been awarded to support 317 different projects. It is estimated those projects will reduce emissions by 39,000 metric tons each year.
 
We also have strong momentum in our manure management program.  Grants were announced last month for nearly $102 million for dairy methane reduction projects. Two hundred thirteen California dairy families have participated since 2015 in the Alternative Manure Management Program and the Dairy Digester Research and Development Program. Together, these programs reduce an estimated 2.2 million metric tons of greenhouse gases per year, which is equivalent to removing more 460,000 cars from the road.       
 
CDFA’s cannabis program continues with its important work to complete licensing for cultivators. The program has now approved more than 4,000 applications for licensure, including annual and provisional licenses.  I am very proud of the CDFA CalCannabis Division team for all they have done to stand up this new program, meeting numerous challenges with creativity and determination.
 
Our Industrial Hemp Program continues to develop and we are all looking forward to the release of the USDA hemp regulations. We are now working with your counties on the registration process as we gear up for a robust regulated market in California.   
 
In Southern California, we are still working with agricultural commissioners and the USDA on an outbreak of virulent Newcastle disease (VND). We are hopeful that the worst is behind us and we can lift the quarantine in the next several months. Our strongest message to bird owners remains an admonition to not move birds from or within the quarantine area, which includes all of Los Angeles County and the densely-populated portions of Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
 
Finally, I want to draw your attention to our newly released Farmer Resource Portal . This page is designed to help farmers and ranchers find key information about CDFA grant programs, information about important regulations that affect farmers, CDFA boards and commissions and resources CDFA offers for farmers and ranchers in multiple languages.
 
As always, I’d like to say how much all of us at CDFA appreciate our partnership with CACASA and our agricultural commissioner partners in each county. The agricultural commissioner system is unique to California and a significant contributor to the innovation and success of California agriculture.  
Message from California Department of Pesticide Regulation
Acting Director Val Dolcini
Here at the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR), I am constantly impressed by the amount of multilingual material that the department makes available to our stakeholders. As Californians, we are justifiably proud of our diversity and it’s essential to be able to provide service in the language of our customers. Please feel free to take advantage of the DPR bilingual safety brochures and posters. They are in Korean, Punjabi, Chinese, Hmong and Spanish. In addition I know that many County Agricultural Commissioners have bilingual team members that assist the public. But not all do. I want to encourage everyone to consider how their offices might better serve people who may not use English as their primary language. This may include voicemail greetings in Spanish or other languages, complaint forms or more bilingual people/contractors who can act as translators. These simple steps can help to bridge gaps in the communities we serve and boost confidence amongst our stakeholders.

As you know DPR recently launched a new mobile app in Spanish and English CASPIR (California's System for Pesticide Incident Reporting) which was developed with valuable insight from the County Agricultural Commissioners (CACs). With the rapid development of technology you may be aware of other software or apps that can help all of us offer multilingual services. I would love to hear your ideas and share information in this arena. In the coming months DPR will have some new outreach and training videos specifically aimed at Southeast Asian growers. These have been produced by Fresno State University. I’ve previewed them and think they will be a valuable tool for all commissioners with Hmong or southeast Asian farmers in their counties.

CACs play an invaluable role in keeping people safe from pesticide exposure – and I want DPR and the CACs to work together to reach vulnerable populations and make our resources available to California’s diverse communities. Please do not hesitate to contact our outreach team if you need some assistance or suggestions in this arena.   You can also find some useful bilingual resources at https://www.cdpr.ca.gov/docs/dept/spanish/translations.htm

Finally, on a separate but important note I’d like to remind you that the DPR Enforcement and Worker Health and Safety Branches are in the process of providing one-day intermediate level investigation procedures training for County Agricultural Commissioner (CAC) pesticide use inspectors/investigators. These will be held at nine locations statewide. You can see the schedule here .
 
Have a great Fall and I’ll see you out on the road!
Winning on Reducing Food Waste Together
By Elizabeth Tate Bennett, Agriculture Advisor to the Administrator, Associate Administrator for Public Engagement and Environmental Education
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Did you know that more food reaches landfills and combustion facilities than any other material in everyday trash? It totals over 75 billion pounds and constitutes 22% of discarded municipal solid waste, [i] and landfills are the third largest source of human-related methane emissions in the United States. [ii] Across the globe, food loss and waste have a combined carbon footprint of 4.4 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent according to the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization. [iii] Further, the water footprint of global food loss and waste is three times the volume of Lake Geneva, and the production of uneaten food occupies close to 30% of the world’s agricultural land area. [iv] Food waste not only impacts landfill space and environment, it hurts our economy—the dollar value of food loss for retailers and consumers each year is estimated to be over $161 billion. [v] This tremendous amount of food waste also represents missed opportunities to address food insecurity—both domestically and globally. To summarize, global food waste and loss clearly represent missed opportunities for our environment, pocketbooks and food security. Readers might now be pondering the question: So,what is our federal government in the U.S. doing to address this?
 
A lesser-known fact (as it isn’t often covered by the media, unfortunately) is that the Trump Administration, with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Purdue, and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Acting Commissioner Frank Yiannas, launched the Winning on Reducing Food Waste Initiative in October 2018. The initiative streamlines and accelerates our nation’s efforts to meet the UN 12.3 goal to reduce food loss and waste by 50% by the year 2030. Then in April 2019, the three federal agencies held a summit at EPA which served as a networking opportunity to bring government (including state and local governments) together with the food industry and leading national organizations that specialize is food waste reduction. It was inspiring to see new prospective partners connect and discuss ways they can work together around their shared goals to reduce food waste nationally. To garner national attention on the need to address this issue, EPA and USDA worked with the to the White House in order to successfully designate the month of April 2019 as “ Winning on Reducing Food Waste Month.”

EPA itself offers multiple programs to combat food waste. We worked with USDA to launch the U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions group, in which 25 companies have made a public commitment to reduce food loss and waste in their own operations in the U.S. by 50% by the year 2030. The Food Recovery Challenge is another voluntary program in which EPA works with businesses and organizations to set data-driven goals and implement strategies to reduce food waste in their operations. Organizations that help promote the prevention and diversion of food waste by others through education and recruiting challenge participants can also join as an “endorsers.” Examples of past endorsers include cities, state departments of environmental quality and nongovernmental organizations. EPA also has funding opportunities for making a difference in food waste through environmental education and technology innovation. To learn more about all of these efforts, you can visit https://www.epa.gov/sustainable-management-food/.

There are many opportunities at all levels of government to collaborate and work together, share technical expertise, increase coordination, and raise awareness. ReFED, a major U.S. food waste policy organization, as well as environmental organizations, recommend that grassroots outreach, messaging and educational efforts are major tools that federal, state and local governments should use to reduce food waste nationwide. EPA agrees with ReFED’s recommendations and further maintains that federal efforts can only succeed if state and local governments mirror federal initiatives to reduce food waste. To support this concept, EPA recently launched a new state and local government food waste reduction pledge where several entities of state government, including state departments of agriculture, have already pledged to work with EPA to tackle food waste and loss on the state and local level. State and local governments collectively have a greater ability to drive consumer behaviors and reach individual communities and households. Together, the actions of local, state and federal governments can drive food waste reduction in the U.S.

In conclusion, it is EPA’s hope that readers will walk away from this piece with a greater understanding of the need to address food waste and the various opportunities to work alongside EPA and the Trump Administration to address the issue.
Federal Legislative Update
By Tim Cansler , Cansler Consulting

International Year of Plant Health

In December 2018 the United Nations General Assembly (@UN) declared 2020 the International Year of Plant Health.  Leaders @UN underscore this “year is a once in a lifetime opportunity to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce
poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development.”

In this year-long initiative everyone has a role:

General Public:  Be aware that there are risks in transporting & shipping plants and plant products. It is a vector for transmitting pests and diseases across borders. Avoid ordering plants and plant material through e-commerce, postal and parcel delivery services that can more easily go around phytosanitary compliances.
Farmers: Use certified pest-free seeds and seedlings. Regularly monitor crops and report pest outbreaks. Strictly follow label guidance and permitting requirements when applying pest controls. Adopt environmentally friendly practices like biological controls including beneficial insects & organisms.
Transportation/Trade Sectors: Get it right before it ships. Implement phytosanitary practices that ensure shipments of plants and plant materials are free from pests and diseases before they enter domestic, or international commerce.

Private Sector & Academia: Invest in research and development to improve phytosanitary practices.

Local, State & Federal Government: Focus on preventing pest outbreaks and facilitating safe trade. Promote environmentally friendly pest management practices. Provide adequate human capital and financial resources for research and development, trade facilitation including phytosanitary inspections and education and promotion of practices ensuring safe trade.

USDA-APHIS’ Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) has invited their many partners, cooperators, and stakeholders to come together and create a common vision about how we will collaborate in the coming years to better safeguard agriculture and facilitate safe agricultural trade. Also, PPQ, with assistance from the North American Plant Protection Organization, has decided to convene a large-scale conference on plant health safeguarding and safe trade in the summer of 2020. Santa Barbara Agricultural Commissioner & Sealer of Weights and Measures, Cathy Fisher and Tim Cansler, Federal Advocate will represent the California Agricultural Commissioners and Sealers Association in this initiative.

To learn more and how you can get involved, go to:  https://www.ippc.int/en/iyph/
Congressional Appropriations Process Maintains Funding for Important Pest and Disease Programs

The House and Senate have passed a continuing resolution (CR) that would fund federal government departments and agencies through November 21 at the FY 2019 level. Even amidst the heightened political climate in Washington, the appropriations process is continuing to make progress. The U.S. House of Representatives has passed ten of the total 12 annual appropriations bills, with funding for the Department of Homeland Security and Legislative Branch remaining. The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee has adopted all but one of the annual appropriations bills, Military Construction. 

Despite the progress Congress appears to be heading toward a year-long CR for FY 2020. If this occurs the impact on funding for important pest and disease programs for specialty crops should be limited. The funding level for FY 2020 Specialty Crops in USDA-APHIS budget will remain at a total $186 million. 

Also of note, the general provisions in the FY 2019 and 2020 Agriculture Appropriations bills provided an additional $8.5 million for citrus greening that should continue into FY 2020. $16.5 million for USDA-AMS to implement the 2018 Farm Bill provisions for industrial hemp was included in the CR sent to The President on September 26. Wildlife Services Damage Management account will remain at $108 million.  
US House Committee on Natural Resources Holds Hearing on Legislation to Eradicate and Control Nutria
(The former) "Nellie" Nutria (picture on right) made her appearance on Capitol Hill on September 24 th before the US House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources thanks to Congressman Josh Harder (D-CA) who is a lead sponsor of legislation, H.R. 3399, that would help mitigate the environmental impacts in California of this invasive species. Other members of the California congressional delegation supporting the legislation include; Congresswoman Barbara Lee, a member of the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee. Congressman John Garamendi, Chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Jim Costa and Congressman TJ Cox.
According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, since implementing the Nutria Eradication Incident Command System (ICS) in California in March 2018, full and/or rapid assessments have been conducted on over 545,000 acres in California. Nutria have been confirmed within 177 sites and 720 have been taken or accounted for.

During the hearing Congressman Harder emphasized how prolific nutria are and the necessity for Congress to quickly act. Harder said, "The California Department of Fish and wildlife has warned that if we don’t take action immediately there will be 250,000 nutria in California within five years."

H.R. 3399 reauthorizes & amends the Nutria Eradication and Control Act and provides California with $7 million annually through FY 2025 to mitigate the proliferation of nutria and damages caused by nutria. Like the successful nutria eradication and control program in the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, federal funding will be provided to the Department of Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service who enters into inter-agency cooperative agreements with USDA’s Wildlife Services program.

The California Agricultural Commissioners and Sealers Association (CACASA) supports H.R. 3399. On July 29, CACASA forwarded a letter of support to the US House delegations from impacted states including California, Maryland and Louisiana.

To watch Congressman Harder's testimony before the Committee go to: https://naturalresources.house.gov/hearings/wow-legislative-hearing- Congressman Harder begins testimony on the video at 20:09.
Legislation Supporting Staffing in the Office of Field Operations of US Custom and Border Protection Introduced in U.S. House
On September 24, Congressman Filemon Vela (D-TX) was joined by the Chairman of the US House Committee on Agriculture Collin Peterson (D-MN), Chairman of the Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Jim Costa (D-CA), Congresswoman Cynthia Axne (IA), Congressman Salud Carbajal (D-CA) and Congressman Vincente Gonzalez (D-TX) in introducing H.R. 4482 that would increase the number of CBP Agriculture Specialists and support staff in the Office of Field Operations of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The legislation has been referred to the US House Committees on Agriculture and Homeland Security. HR 4482 will be the companion legislation to S. 2107, the Protecting America’s Food & Agriculture Act of 2019. S 2107 is awaiting a vote on the floor of the US Senate. The California Agricultural Commissioners and Sealers Association support passage pf S. 2107. 

S 2107 and HR 4482 would help CBP continue building upon its successes in maintaining adequate levels of pest detection and surveillance activities at U.S. ports of entry. It authorizes the annual hiring of 240 Agricultural Specialists a year until the workforce shortage is filled, and 200 Agricultural Technicians a year to carry out administrative and support functions. The bill also authorizes the training and assignment of 20 new canine teams a year. For many years canine teams have proven their effectiveness in detecting agriculture materials, fruits, vegetables and animal products in countless inspections.
 BeeWhere Enhances Apiary Protections

To enhance pollinator protections, the collaborative BeeWhere project offers a high tech option to streamline communication between beekeepers, Pesticide Control Advisors (PCAs), growers and pesticide applicators.
 
BeeWhere incorporates standard GPS technology while adhering to current California regulations and privacy requirements. With an app launchin g with the Fieldwatch option for 2020 , Beekeepers will have another choice to register and drop their location pin with a double click on their phone. An online BeeCheck gives Applicators a new means to quickly find informantion and contact beekeepers who are registered and opted in for notifications.

For more information and resources on BeeWhere visit   www.beewherecalifornia.com.
   CalPEATS and Cal Ag Permits Updates
By John Gless, Cal Ag Projects/CalPEATS Project Manager

It has been a busy summer for the Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) for CalPEATS and CalAgPermits. First, Chairperson Stephen Scheer, Yuba County Agricultural Commissioner (CAC), moved on to head the CACASA Information Management Committee (IMC) and was replaced by Matt Slattengren (CAC for Contra Costa County) as the new TAP Chair. Matt was able to get up to speed quickly and make this a seamless transition, which is good because it came at a time when the TAP began to consider in earnest its enhancement recommendations for the new fiscal year.

There are some 40 different proposed enhancements right now that the TAP has discussed at least preliminarily, and the 10 county and two DPR representatives are currently working to refine them and then decide, based on weighing cost against value, which ones to recommend to the IMC for development. 
Several candidate enhancements originated from the Dept. of Pesticide Regulation (DPR), two are from the Structural Pest Control Board (to enhance enforcement coordination between SPCB and counties through CalPEATS), and the remainder come from counties - often TAP members consulting directly with their area group deputies. Proposals range from adding simple features to existing processes or interfaces, up to entire new (or significantly redesigned) workflows. When it comes to why particular enhancements become worthy of consideration, three themes emerge:
  1. Features and modifications that increase productivity by reducing the time it takes to perform a discreet task.
  2. Functionality that allows better fulfillment of the regulatory mission.
  3. Collect and distribute data necessary to "tell the story" about pesticide enforcement and safety.

The TAP is well up to this task, although hard choices will have to be made because as we all know, getting all of ones needs plus wants almost always costs more than the contents of one's pocket!
Nutria are Being Stopped in Their Tracks!
By Lisa Selner, Wildlife Biologist, USDA APHIS Wildlife Services

Nutria ( Myocaster copyus) continue to persist throughout California’s Central Valley along wetlands and freshwater habitats. Native to South America, nutria are invasive mammals that have flourished over many parts of the country. Originally introduced to the United States in the 1800s for the fur trade, thousands of nutria were released by ranchers when the fur trade collapsed in the 1940s.

Nutria were originally discovered in California’s Central Valley and South Coast in the 1940s but were eradicated from the state by the 1970s. They weren’t seen in California since then until 2017, when a reproducing population was discovered in the San Joaquin Valley. Now two years into an eradication effort led by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), nutria are being stopped in their tracks. State and federal agencies, as well as county officials and private property owners, have been working closely with CDFW to aid with these efforts. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services (WS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and California Department of Food and Agriculture are a few of those collaborating entities. This combined effort has led to the removal of over 700 nutria from Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Mariposa, Fresno and Tuolumne Counties.

In abundance, nutria are capable of causing harm to wetland ecosystems, sensitive flora and fauna, and the native wildlife, including muskrats and waterfowl. Nutria, using their beaver-sized incisors, feed on wetland vegetation that extends above the waterline and use their powerful forefeet to dig under the surface and feed directly on the root mat. This leaves the habitat pitted with holes and deep swim canals, which can eventually lead to erosion. The burrowing habits can cause problems for manmade structures as well, with common issues such as the breeching of water-retention and flood control levees and weakening of structural foundations. While nutria favor bulrush and cattail grasses, they will also consume crops, lawn grasses, and ornamentals adjacent to aquatic habitats. This puts agricultural irrigation systems at risk from nutria burrowing and provides a pathway for the contamination of drinking water with parasites and diseases transmissible to humans, livestock and pets. Signs of their presence typically include cut, emergent vegetation with only the base portions eaten and the stems left floating.

Often confused with native beavers and muskrats, nutria can be distinguished by their round, sparsely haired tails and white whiskers. Designed for aquatic life, nutria have partially webbed hind feet and eyes, nostrils, and ears located high on their heads. Their large front teeth are visible and yellow to orange in color. An adult nutria is about a third of the size of an adult beaver, and over five times the size of a muskrat. With a high reproductive capability, once introduced, populations can increase rapidly. Females are reproductive by six months of age and can breed year-round, producing up to three litters a year in warmer climates. CDFW has a Nutria Identification Handout available for use by the public that can be found online at https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=154118&inline.

Assistance from local landowners and the public throughout the Central Valley continues to be critical to successfully determining all population locations. Reports can be made online to https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/Invasives/Report, by email to Invasives@wildlife.ca.gov, or by calling (866) 440-9530. Observations on State or Federal lands can be reported to agency staff. Photographs and detailed locations are requested to help verify sightings. If nutria are captured, do not release! Contact your local CDFW office or WS staff. 
Rulofson appointed Commissioner/Sealer in
Tehama County
After 22 years in the agricultural commissioner system, Doni Rulofson was appointed by the Board of Supervisors as Tehama County Agricultural Commissioner and Sealer of Weights and Measures on August 27, 2019. She is especially proud to carry on the legacy of her father, Ken Wright, as he was an Agricultural Commissioner for Modoc County and retired as the Shasta County Agricultural Commissioner. Her brother is Les Wright, retired Fresno County Agricultural Commissioner, making Doni the third Agricultural Commissioner in the Wright family.

She was born and raised in Modoc County where she grew up on a small farm raising all types of livestock and actively participating in 4-H and FFA and showed breeding hogs and sheep every summer at many Northern county fairs. 

After earning her Bachelor of Science degree from Chico State, she began working as an Ag Biologist for the Lassen County Department of Agriculture. She worked there for five years before moving to Oregon. When she moved back to California, she worked alongside her husband in their construction business. During that time, she worked as a seasonal inspector for one of her first mentors, Fred Surber, Plumas/Sierra County Agricultural Commissioner. 

In 2002, she worked as an Agricultural Biologist with Tehama County Department of Agriculture. Two years later in 2004, she was promoted to Deputy Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer. She was put in charge of Pest Exclusion, Pest Detection and various other programs.  In 2015, she was promoted to Assistant Agricultural Commissioner. 

Doni has been married to her husband Kert for 32 years. He is a law enforcement officer with the Shasta County DA’s office. They have a daughter and twin boys. Lauren is married and lives in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Kody is a senior midshipman at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and Chase is a firefighter for the City of Redding.

2019 Secretary and Director Fall Conference
Holiday Inn Downtown Sacramento 
Oct. 21-25, 2019  
CACASA is pleased to partner with CDFA and CDPR in presenting our annual Secretary and Director Fall Conference. The conference program is packed with in-depth issues analysis, professional development and networking, a President's Reception on Monday; and a full roster of CACASA  committee meetings and panels. For additional info, please go to www.cacasa.org or contact Ruth Jensen at  msjensen@comcast.net.
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