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Agricultural Commissioner

County of Sonoma
Email: t***@***.org
Local Address: Santa Rosa, California, United States
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Employment History

  • Agricultural Commissioner and Sealer
    County of Sonoma California
  • President
    Sonoma County Winegrowers
  • Agricultural Commissioner
    Sonoma County Winegrowers
  • Agricultural Commissioner
    Mendocino County
  • Assistant Agricultural Commissioner
    Sonoma County agencies

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
    Brooktrails Golf Course
  • Agricultural Commissioner, Mendocino County
    Sudden Oak Death
  • County Agricultural Commissioner
    Sonoma County Winegrowers
  • Mendocino County Agricultural Commissioner and Sealer


  • B.S. , Biological Sciences
    Chico State University
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Tony Linegar, Assistant ..., 15 June 2014 [cached]
Tony Linegar, Assistant Agricultural Commissioner from the Mendocino County Agriculture Department, was present to answer questions and provide brochures on pesticides. Director Ziady said the Recreation, Greenbelt and Conservation Committee had received reports of pesticide abuse, including in greenbelt abatement areas, and expressed the committee's concern for the effect this would have on our watershed. She commented that the District office had researched the issue in preparation for the meeting and presented alternatives with which the committee was pleased, and the committee wanted staff and the Board to look more closely at this issue.
Tony Linegar took the podium and advised he had recently discussed some of these issues with District staff, and he agreed that probably the best way to go was public education, specifically on providing alternatives to pesticide use. He said a lot of government entities have tried to promulgate their own ordinances to regulate pesticide use, but you simply cannot do this as state laws preempt this. (Sec. 11501.1.) He then provided a copy of a letter sent by the state to an entity which had passed their own ordinance, ordering them to repeal it.
Mr. Linegar recommended using a combination of techniques to control pests rather than just herbicides, and referred to the brochures for more details. He said the District could establish its own "best management" policies for its own property and he would recommend that. He cautioned that a lot of materials are called "organic," but just because they are naturally occurring doesn't mean they can't be dangerous. He cited gopher dust, which can irritate your breathing and eyes when it drifts. He commented that vinegar can burn down the top of the plant pretty well, but the roots won't be killed, and it is very toxic and corrosive to work with, dangerous to eyes and skin. The type used is industrial strength vinegar, not household strength. Also, he commented, the pH is 1 and this will affect the soil.
Mr. Linegar said it will work with repeated applications, but the plants will grow back from the roots. As to these substances getting into groundwater and the watershed, he said the legal requirements on the label are designed to prevent this, and if these directions are followed exactly, they are relatively safe. He said he didn't think he would use a lot of vinegar in his own garden, due to the pH. As to Roundup, he said he thought it was one of the most benign herbicides, although there has been recent information that it can be hard on aquatic life. However, he said, there are aquatic versions of Roundup, including Rodeo, that can be legally sprayed right on water (for cattails). He said he felt Roundup could be overused.
President Orth asked about corn gluten meal; Mr. Linegar said that in his opinion it is ineffective.
Mr. Linegar said there are good home remedies, but they may be more toxic than pesticides; for ants he always recommends boric acid.
Mr. Linegar said the companies don't have to disclose their inert ingredients, which can be a significant amount of the volume. However, before a material can be registered as organic, the inert materials must be revealed. The OMNI seal on a label shows it is approved for organic use. The Agriculture Department is also available to identify pest problems; photos can be e-mailed and identified on the internet; recommendations are made as to appropriate pesticides. Discussion followed about animal pest management. The directors agreed that the matter should be sent to the Specific Plan Committee.
Mr. Linegar said probably the most dangerous pesticide use that can occur in this area is tenting homes for fumigation, and this might be appropriate to include in the newsletter. The Board thanked Mr. Linegar for coming to the meeting.
Tony ..., 6 Jan 2014 [cached]
Tony Linegar Agricultural Commissioner,Mendocino County 890 North Bust St., Ukiah, CA 95482 707/463-4208
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Agriculture Commissioner Tony ..., 29 Nov 2013 [cached]
Agriculture Commissioner Tony Linegar adds that Hobbs' Watertrough actions "bring negative attention to the program we have worked so hard to build. Former Sonoma County Winegrowers President Nick Frey has also drawn a distinction between Hobb's and the larger grape-grower community.
Tony Linegar, Sonoma County ..., 22 Jan 2014 [cached]
Tony Linegar, Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner, will discuss the drought's impact on agricultural sectors as well as renewable energy developments at the Sonoma Renewable Strategies Conference taking place at Santa Rosa Junior College, Friday, January 24th.
"Demand is up, prices are up, ..., 24 June 2013 [cached]
"Demand is up, prices are up, and the projection is that it looks good into the near future," said Tony Linegar, agricultural commissioner for Sonoma County. "Growers are trying to take advantage of that, and replant some of these old, tired vineyards, or put in new vineyards to capitalize on the market."
Pace of vineyard development is accelerating
Linegar's office, which processes applications for all vineyard plantings, has been inundated with work, he said.
"It is hard to keep up with the volume we've received lately, and we're doing our best to turn them around as quickly as we can," Linegar said.
Impacts to wildlife, water and other environmental issues are not currently part of the review process, Linegar said.
"There are people that would like to see us incorporate more into the process, but at this point the ordinance (governing vineyard planting) was designed to address erosion and sedimentation, and that's pretty much what it's limited to," Linegar said.
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