Frequently Asked Questions

The Ventura County Pesticide Notification Pilot Project is testing elements of a notification system to support the state’s development of a statewide pesticide application notification system. The purpose of the notification system is to provide transparent and equitable access to information about pesticide applications. The Ventura County pilot includes a searchable database to provide information about planned pesticide applications of California Restricted Material pesticides occurring withing approximately one mile of the Nyeland Acres Community.

Please provide feedback on the Ventura pilot to help inform the development of the statewide notification system by contacting the Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner or filling out this survey (English, Spanish).

You received this notification because your email or phone number was registered for the Ventura County Pesticide Notification System Pilot Project. All proposed California Restricted Material applications are reviewed by the County Agricultural Commissioner and only those which are deemed to pose no undue hazard are approved. Applications out of compliance with use guidelines are denied and will not show up in a notice. The notification is for your information. The Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner does not recommend further action.

If you believe you have been exposed to a pesticide and are experiencing symptoms or are seriously ill, please call 911 or Poison Control Center (available 24 hours a day with staff who speak over 100 languages) at 1-800-222-1222.

If you believe you have observed a pesticide illness, incident, or concern, please report this through one of the following methods:

  • The Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner at the Camarillo office (805) 388-4222, or the Santa Paula office (805) 933-2926.
  • 1-87PestLine (1-877-378-5463)
  • Anonymously report the incident via DPR’s free mobile application, CASPIR available for download on Google Play and the Apple Store

Pesticides are a tool used to manage pest problems in urban, non-agricultural and agricultural settings. Pesticides can be used to control various pests and disease carriers, such as mosquitoes, ticks, rats and mice. Pesticides are used in agriculture to control weeds, insect infestation and diseases. There are many different types of pesticides; each is meant to be effective against specific pests. More information on pesticide use can be found on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency website.

Many growers in Ventura County manage pests through an Integrated Pest Management approach. Integrated Pest Management is an approach that uses the least toxic, most effective method to solve pest problems such as mechanical weeding or predatory beneficial insects. More information on IPM can be found on the University of California IPM website.

Fertilizers are not included in the notification pilot. Fertilizers are not pesticides and are regulated by the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Fertilizer, as defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is a single or blended substance containing one or more recognized plant nutrient (s) used primarily for its plant nutrient content claimed to have value in promoting plant growth.

The Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner’s office selected the community of Nyeland Acres for this pilot project due to its proximity to agricultural fields.

Ventura County Pesticide Notification Pilot Project boundary. Residents in the Nyeland Acres area (inner yellow rectangle) are eligible to receive notices of California Restricted Material applications taking place within the pilot project boundary (outer yellow polygon).


Pilot Project location. The Ventura County Pesticide Notification Pilot Project is centered around the Nyeland Acres community in the El Rio area between Ventura, Oxnard and Camarillo.

Ventura County requires an application in advance of a proposed application of a California Restricted Material pesticide. This application is received by the County Agricultural Commissioner 24-72 hours in advance of the proposed application, depending on the product label. The county reviews and evaluates the application and, if the application is approved, provides information via the Ventura County Notification Pilot Project. A notification will be distributed through the Ventura County Notification Pilot Project the calendar day prior to the scheduled application.

The Ventura County Pesticide Notification Pilot Project will provide information on planned agricultural applications of California Restricted Material pesticides occurring within approximately one mile of the Nyeland Acres community. California Restricted Materials included in this notification pilot: agricultural-use fumigants, rodenticides and herbicides.

You do not have to provide a name or home address. You do need to enter an address in the pilot area (it can be a nearby business) and a place to send the notification (an email or phone number).

If you do not have access to internet or would like assistance in registering to receive notifications in English or Spanish, please contact the Agricultural Commissioner’s Office in Camarillo (805) 388-4222 or Santa Paula (805) 933-2926.

For assistance in Mixteco, please call 805-501-9415 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. On Tuesday and Thursday, please call 805-385-1899. You can schedule an appointment to register at either the Agricultural Commissioner’s offices or the Ventura County Farmworker Resource Program.

The Department of Pesticide Regulation evaluates potential adverse health and environmental effects of pesticides prior to registering products for sale or use in California. The department’s registration process includes the review of extensive scientific studies on human health and environmental effects, safety, and efficacy. DPR also carries out a continuous evaluation process following registration to consider evolving scientific understanding.

During the registration and continuous evaluation process, the department designates certain pesticide active ingredients that pose relatively greater risk to human health or the environment as restricted materials.

California Restricted Material pesticides are subject to use limitations and oversight prior to use. To use a California Restricted Material, pesticide applicators must have a license issued by the state of California, a permit issued by the County Agricultural Commissioner and are often subject to additional permit conditions or use restrictions in regulation.

More information on California restricted materials regulated by the Department of Pesticide Regulation can be found at Restricted Materials Use Requirements (ca.gov).

The National Pesticide Information Center provides objective, science-based information about pesticides and pesticide-related topics. The center provides information in more than 100 languages and is available Monday through Friday from 8 am to 12 pm at 1-800-858-7378.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Registration Number uniquely identifies a pesticide product and is required on the label of all registered pesticide products in the United States. The EPA Registration Number can also be used to find the ingredients of pesticide products on the Department of Pesticide Regulation’s product label database.

A grower must submit a Notice of Intent to apply a California Restricted Material pesticide to the County Agricultural Commissioner. If approved, a grower may apply that pesticide within a set period of days following the scheduled application time included on the Notice of Intent. The grower may decide to reschedule or cancel the intended application for a variety of reasons, including changing weather conditions that would impact the pesticide application or by resolving the pest issue without the use of pesticides.

Ventura County requires a separate Notice of Intent any time a field fumigation is rescheduled. All other applications of California Restricted Materials may occur up to three days following the proposed application date.

Currently, changes to scheduled applications will not be included in the system. Ventura County requires a separate Notice of Intent any time a field fumigation is rescheduled, which if approved, would result in a separate notification.

Pesticide applications occur using different equipment based on the label of the pesticide used. These methods of application include:

  • Aerial: The pesticide is applied using aerial equipment such as a rotary wing or fixed wing airplane.
  • Ground: The pesticide is applied using ground-based equipment such as a hand sprayer, backpack sprayer, or towed or tractor-mounted sprayer.
  • Fumigant: The pesticide is injected into the ground before a crop is planted.

Ventura County is providing email and text notifications in English and Spanish. Translation of text and email notifications in Mixteco are available by calling 805-501-9415 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. On Tuesday and Thursday, translation is available by calling 805-385-1899.

The Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner is looking for feedback from the community and industry on the Ventura County Pesticide Notification Pilot Project to provide to the Department of Pesticide Regulation and inform the development of the statewide notification system. Please send feedback to the Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner via email or phone or fill out this survey (English, Spanish).

If you are experiencing symptoms or are seriously ill, please call 911 or Poison Control Center (available 24 hours a day with staff who speak over 100 languages) at 1-800-222-1222.

To report a pesticide illness, incident, or concern, please report this through one of the following methods:

  • The Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner at the Camarillo office (805) 388-4222, or the Santa Paula office (805) 933-2926.
  • 1-87PestLine (1-877-378-5463)
  • Anonymously report the incident via DPR’s free mobile application, CASPIR available for download on Google Play and the Apple Store

If you believe you have been exposed to a pesticide please call The Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner at either the Camarillo office (805) 388-4222, or the Santa Paula office (805) 933-2926.

If you are experiencing symptoms or are seriously ill, please call 911, the Poison Control Center (available 24 hours a day with staff who speak over 100 languages) at 1-800-222-1222 or contact your doctor and let them know that you have a potential pesticide exposure.

Commercial pesticide use is reported to the County Agricultural Commissioner and these records are available to the public. To request pesticide use records, please call the Agricultural Commissioner’s Office in Camarillo (805) 388-4222 or Santa Paula (805) 933-2926.

The Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner’s office volunteered to partner with the California Department of Pesticide Regulation to launch a pilot project to support the state’s development of a statewide pesticide application notification system. This pilot project is testing certain elements of the notification system to inform the development of the statewide system.

The Department of Pesticide Regulation provided the Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner with draft guiding principles and practical considerations to inform the development of the pilot project. The Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner will collect input on the Ventura County Pesticide Notification Pilot Project from the community and industry to provide to the department to help inform the development of the statewide notification system.

More information on the status of the statewide system can be found on DPR’s website.

Four County Agricultural Commissioners volunteered to partner with the Department of Pesticide Regulation to launch pilot projects to support DPR’s development of a statewide pesticide application notification system. The pilot projects will be conducted in communities located within Riverside, Santa Cruz, Stanislaus, and Ventura counties. More information on the pilot projects can be found on the Department’s website.

California operates a comprehensive pesticide regulatory system focused on the protection of public health and the environment. DPR evaluates potential health and environmental risks for pesticides prior to registering products for sale or use in California. This process occurs in addition to the evaluation and registration conducted federally by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

DPR’s registration process includes the review of extensive scientific studies on human health and environmental effects, safety, and efficacy. DPR also carries out a continuous evaluation process for products following registration to consider evolving scientific understanding. Following registration, the department continuously evaluates pesticides based on the most recent and available science and uses this information to develop regulations that mitigate impacts on workers, public health, and the environment.

The State’s 55 County Agricultural Commissioners and their nearly 400 inspectors visit and inspect pesticide application sites across California’s 58 counties, enforcing pesticide laws and regulations as guided by the Department of Pesticide Regulation, and taking enforcement action against violators. The local, on-the-ground enforcement efforts of commissioners are critical to the implementation of pesticide laws and regulations that keep people and the environment safe.

For more information about pesticide use and regulation in California, please visit the Department of Pesticide Regulation’s website.

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