The Nevada County Board of Supervisors takes great pleasure in recognizing Jeffrey Pylman for his service as the Nevada County Agricultural Commissioner.
Jeff was appointed as Nevada County Agricultural Commissioner and Sealer of Weights and Measures in July 2006. In this capacity, Jeff worked effectively to promote and protect the agricultural industry of Nevada County, to build consumer and business confidence in the marketplace and to ensure the safety of food and other agricultural products for the citizens of Nevada County. Among his diverse responsibilities, Jeff and his staff certify producers of agricultural products sold at farmers markets, perform nursery inspections to ensure correctly labeled, pest-free plants for food production and ornamental use, publish the annual crop report, enforce state regulations as they apply to the safe and effective use of pesticides, and monitor the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board’s development of the long term Irrigated Lands Program.
Much of Jeff’s work involved the identification and reduction of a number of noxious and invasive weeds and pests in Nevada County. In May 2011 European Grapevine Moth (EGVM), a known invasive pest, was detected in Nevada County, triggering a local quarantine. In partnership with the Federal and State Departments of Agriculture and the University of California, through intensive trapping and commercial and residential treatments Jeff and his staff were able to attain removal of the quarantine in 2013. Under his direction, the department has maintained a strong seasonal noxious weed program, obtaining additional grant funding allowing continued survey and removal activities for A- and B-rated weeds.
With Jeff’s assistance the Board of Supervisors passed ordinances regarding Truth in Advertising for locally grown products, to facilitate the establishment of small farm stands, and to control the spread of Quagga Mussels. Jeff and his staff assisted the Health and Human Services Agency with the local food availability portion of their Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention grant, helping with outreach to the farming and nutrition community which culminated with a new farmers market at the Rood Center.
Jeff has been an inspiration and mentor to his staff, fostering their talents and career development. Under his encouragement, his staff hosted workshops for farmers market managers and egg producers. Jeff also encouraged the use of new technologies into daily operations during his tenure, such as an expanded website, mobile tablet insect trapping software, a noxious weed tracking application, and new weights and measures tracking software.
Jeff’s passion showed in his participation on numerous boards and committees that foster a strong local agriculture community and protect from invasive species. Jeff’s office administers the Wildlife Services Program and oversees the Agriculture Advisory Commission and Fish and Wildlife Commission in an ex-officio capacity. He was an advisory board member for Nevada County Grown, a marketing organization which promotes local food producers. Jeff also served on our regional Watershed Group and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Certified Farmers Market Advisory Committee. He was a long-time chair of the Personnel Standards Committee at California Agricultural Commissioners and County Sealers Association (CACASA).
The Nevada County Board of Supervisors thanks Jeff Pylman for his service to agriculture in Nevada County and wishes him a long, healthy and gratifying retirement.