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People in business: County names new ag commissioner

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The Placer County Board of Supervisors has named Joshua “Josh” P. Huntsinger as the new Placer County agricultural commissioner and sealer of weights and measures. He will begin the job in January, when current Commissioner Christine Turner retires. Until then, Huntsinger will continue as deputy commissioner, his job since 2006. Huntsinger graduated magna cum laude from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a bachelor’s degree in fruit science. He has worked for Placer County since then, initially serving as an agricultural and standards inspector. Both sides of Huntsinger’s family were involved in farming, and he is well aware of the need for economic vitality. “Farmers can keep farming if they make money, and the more successful they are in farming, the less pressure they may feel from development interests,” he said. In addition to promoting agriculture, the commissioner is responsible for overseeing pest prevention, pesticide use enforcement and farmers markets accountability. The job of sealer of weights and measures includes consumer protection responsibilities, among them assurance that devices, such as gasoline pumps, accurately measure what the customer buys.