VENTURA, Calif. – By a unanimous vote on February 7, the Board of Supervisors concurred with the recommendation of County Executive Officer Mike Powers to reappoint Henry Gonzales to a new four-year term as Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner. This will be his third term.
“Agriculture is a critical component of our county’s economic vitality,” said Mike Powers, County Executive Officer. “Henry works productively with our local agricultural community and does an excellent job balancing enforcement with support of the industry’s needs.”
As the Agricultural Commissioner, Gonzales and his staff oversee a $2 billion local agricultural economy. His office is responsible for pesticide use enforcement; pest detection, exclusion, eradication and management; fruit, vegetable, egg and nut standardization; nursery and seed inspection; and crop statistics.
Currently, he is focusing on local farmworker issues, increasing the monitoring of pesticide use, particularly near schools and developments, and keeping Ventura County free from three new pests threatening both the agricultural industry and natural vegetation.
“Henry is well-respected by his peers and in the industry,” said Powers. “He sits on a number of statewide and association committees dealing with farmworker safety and pesticide regulations. That experience is a benefit to the farmers and people of the county.”
His office is located in Camarillo and there is an additional location in Santa Paula.