County nut theft ordinance requiring proof of ownership in effect

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Beginning Monday and continuing through March 2023, anyone in Yolo County in possession of unprocessed almonds, walnuts or pistachios may be required to show proof of ownership.

The county’s nut theft ordinance is aimed at deterring those who steal nuts from orchards and sell them illegally. The ordinance was adopted in 2014 and allows the county agricultural commissioner and law enforcement to inspect commodities and request proof of ownership during the nut buying period, which runs from Aug. 1 to April 1, 2023.

Proof of ownership includes the following information:

1. Name, address, telephone number, and signature of the seller
2. Name, address, telephone number, and signature of the buyer
3. The vehicle license plate number of the seller
4. The driver’s license number of the seller
5. The weight of the nut commodity purchased
6. The date and time of the transaction
7. The variety and condition of the nut commodity
8. Specific identification of the source of the commodity being sold. If the seller is the grower of the commodity, this shall mean the address at which the commodity was grown. If the seller is not the grower of the commodity, this shall mean the name, address, and phone number of the person from whom that seller obtained the nuts and, if known, the address where the commodity was grown.

Proof of Ownership forms may be obtained from the Yolo County Agriculture Department, located at 70 Cottonwood St., in Woodland or at the Yolo County Farm Bureau, located at 69 W. Kentucky Ave., in Woodland.

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