About us

About Us . . .

The County Agricultural Commissioner-Sealer Department is a regulatory agency performing under the Tim Niswanderjurisdiction and direction for the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), and the Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR), and works in cooperation with various other federal, state, regional, and local agencies. The Agricultural Commissioner enforces the laws and regulations while serving at the discretion of the County Board of Supervisors and CDFA Secretary of Agriculture. The Kings County Agricultural Commissioner department employs a staff of 26.

As prescribed by law, every county in the state of California is required to have an Agricultural Commissioner and a Sealer of Weights and Measures. County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer (CAC) departments are regulatory agencies. The CAC performs under the jurisdiction and direction of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), and its Division of Measurement Standards (DMS), and the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR). The Kings County Agricultural Commissioner department also works in cooperation with various other, federal, state, regional, and local agencies. 

Tim Niswander serves as the 2014 Executive Secretary for The California Agricultural Commissioners and Sealers Association [CACASA].   The California Agricultural Commissioners and Sealers Association [CACASA] is a voluntary organization comprised of County Agricultural Commissioners and County Sealers of Weights and Measures from California's 58 counties. CACASA provides the venue for collaborative opportunities to address matters of statewide significance that effect California’s agricultural production, its natural resources, marketing, food safety, equity, and public health as it relates to our environment.

Functions and Activities

The primary goal and purpose of all county Agricultural Commissioners statewide is "To Promote and To Protect" agriculture. The number one industry in Kings County is agriculture which provides a very significant base to the county's economy. The promotion and protection of Kings County agriculture is accomplished through educational outreach and enforcement by the department. The local expertise of the department is utilized to uniformly administer the following statewide programs here in Kings County..

Department of Agriculture and Measurement Standards


Tim Niswander
County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer

680 N. Campus Drive, Suite B - Hanford, CA 93230
(559) 852-2830 agstaff@co.kings.ca.us

Hours: 8 am - 5 pm M-F