Ag Commissioner


Merced County is committed to the safety of its employees, and the public that we serve.  In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we will be limiting in-person contact where possible by limiting public access to our office lobbies.  We are requesting you to contact our office prior to conducting business in-person, and we will make every effort to conduct business remotely, by appointment, and with as little in-person contact as possible.  We hope to provide you the safest, most effective option, while providing you the best possible service. Thank you for your cooperation during this time.


Recently, unsolicited seed packages have been reported to agricultural officials across the country. If you have received unsolicited seeds or incorrectly identified seed packages, please contact the Merced County Agricultural Commissioner's Office at (209) 385-7431. After contacting our office, we are asking persons receiving these seeds to do the following:

  • Seed packets should not be opened, shipped, or disposed of by residents to prevent potential dispersal of invasive species and/or quarantine pests. Unopened seed packets should be held by the resident until further instructions are provided.
  • If planted in pots, residents should hold the pots with soil and seed until further instructions are provided.
  • If planted in ground, the resident should mark-off and hold the planted site and avoid irrigating or cultivating until further instructions are provided.

The Agricultural Commissioner's Office is currently working with the California Department of Food and Agriculture to determine procedures for collecting or disposing of seeds and/or plant material. Further information will be provided when available.


As part of an inter-agency effort to support the agricultural industry, the Merced County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office is assisting the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, and the California Office of Emergency Services in distribution of N95 masks to assist with the response to the shortage of N95 masks available to pesticide applicators.  Click the following link to submit a request.

N95 Mask Distribution Form

Merced Office: (209) 385-7431Los Banos Office: (209) 827-2030
Merced Fax: (209) 725-3536Los Banos Fax: (209) 827-2033
Department Email:


PAC exams will only be offered on Fridays from 9-11 AM by appointment only, until further notice.  Please call our Merced office to schedule an appointment.  Our Los Banos office will no longer offer the PAC exam, until further notice.

COVID-19 Resources for Agricultural Employers & Growers:

Agricultural Commissioner

The Agricultural Commissioner enforces the laws and regulations of the California Food and Agriculture Code and the California Code of Regulations while serving at the discretion of the County Board of Supervisors and CDFA Secretary of Agriculture. Merced County Agricultural Commissioner’s office employs a staff of thirty and has its main office in Merced with a satellite office in Los Banos.

The Agricultural Division acts under the jurisdiction and direction of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), and the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR), and works in cooperation with various federal, state, regional and local agencies.

Sealer of Weights & Measures

Weights and Measures is mandated by state law to protect the interests of the buyer and seller to ensure honesty and integrity of everyday business transactions. This protection is accomplished through our continuous and systematic inspection of all equipment that weighs or measures a commodity that is sold. Every transaction involving the exchange of goods, property, and service is affected in a very vital way by some form of weights and measures.

Annual Crop Reports

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The previous year's Crop Report is published in the Fall.