Tulare County Walnut Buying Period Starts Nov. 1
Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner Marilyn
Kinoshita announced today that the walnut-buying period will begin Friday,
November 1st as the County’s nut theft ordinance continues to be enforced.
“Commercial production and handling of walnuts constitute
an important industry here in Tulare County” Kinoshita said. “Unfortunately,
some people steal them from orchards and attempt to sell the walnuts illegally
on the streets. County staff has been actively enforcing the nut theft ordinance
by conducting compliance checks at places where walnuts are sold to ensure that
this practice stops.”
In 2012, the Tulare County Board of Supervisors
unanimously approved amendments to an existing nut theft ordinance to assist
with an issue that has long plagued the walnut industry. Walnuts are typically
shaken from the trees and left unattended until workers can gather them up,
making them prime targets for overnight heists.
One amendment to the ordinance mandates that
non-processing walnut-buying stands shall not operate within the boundaries’ of
Tulare County until a “Walnut Buying Period”, as established by the Agricultural
Commissioner, is in effect. Kinoshita said that consensus was reached amongst
walnut growers to determine the appropriate start date.
What documentation is required to sell walnuts at a
non-processing walnut-buying stand?
The County’s nut theft
Upon probable cause to believe any amount of walnuts
regulated pursuant to this ordinance is in unlawful possession, proof of
ownership shall be made available for inspection upon request of the
commissioner or any peace officer. The record shall contain the following
(a) Name, address,
driver’s license number, telephone number, signature of seller.
(b) Name, address,
telephone number, and signature of buyer.
(c) Vehicle license
plate number of the seller.
(d) Common or generic
name and quantity of the commodity involved.
(e) Date and time of
A copy of the record
shall be retained by the seller for a period of 60 days after delivery and by
the buyer for a period of two years from the date of such sale.
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