Tulare, Calif., (February 6, 2017) – The Tulare County Board of Supervisors held a public forum on January 30 for local walnut growers, processors, agents and buyers to meet and discuss the county Nut Theft ordinance, and the consideration of changes which may help improve the ordinance and deter theft.
County officials from law enforcement, the district attorney, agriculture commissioner’s office, and Board of Supervisors had representatives present to answer questions.
The Board of Supervisors will review the county nut ordinance and suggest revisions, a public hearing would be held for those interested.
It was suggested that a full countywide prohibition be enforced, and no cash buying allowed. It was suggested that buyers could still buy nuts using checks or credit cards, but only during the allowable window of time determined by the Ag Commissioner at the conclusion of the Chandler walnut harvest in late November.
Questions about the current ordinance may be directed to the Ag Commissioner’s office, at 684-3350 or suggested improvements may be voiced to Samantha Ferrero at 636-5000. If you wish to be noticed about the Public Hearing to be held once the ordinance is revised, you may ask Samantha Ferrero with the Board of Supervisors to notify you.