8570 Department of Food and Agriculture
Program Descriptions


California agriculture produces over 400 different crops, which enter state, national, and international commerce. The objectives of this program are to assure orderly domestic and international marketing of safe and quality agricultural commodities, promote consumer protection, food access, ensure fair pricing practices, oversee industry-supported grading services, and maintain standards of measurement which provide a basis of value comparison, fair competition in the marketplace, and establish quality standards for conventional and alternative fuels and automotive products.

This program also provides support to governmental agencies that work to protect the nation's food supply and the environment by monitoring for chemical contaminants such as pesticides in food, animal feed and fertilizers.