The Yolo County Supervisory Board will honor John Young, now a former agricultural commissioner and sealer of weights and measures, at Tuesday’s meeting in light of his recent retirement.
Young retired on Friday after completing a 29-year career serving agriculture and its many stakeholders.
In Yolo County, agriculture is particularly important as it is the main industry in the county. According to the Yolo Land Trust, the county has 250,695 acres of prime farmland, which is by far most counties in the region.
Deputy Chief Agriculture Commissioner Dave Guerrero serves as Acting Agriculture Commissioner until a replacement is selected.
The board is expected to ratify a resolution in honor of Young, recognizing his retirement, long career and accomplishments in the county.
“John, through his leadership and example over his long career, has earned the respect and admiration of his many colleagues and the trust of agricultural producers while protecting the people of Yolo County,” reads the resolution.
After passing 12 state agricultural exams, taking numerous management courses, and serving in various positions within the Yolo County Agriculture Department, Young started as an agricultural commissioner in September 2009.
In 2017, Young helped create the Yolo County Cannabis Task Force, helping Yolo County “become a leading county in the state,” according to the resolution.
The task force is investigating illegal marijuana activity – such as growing crops without a county license – and monitoring compliance by licensed producers and distributors.
The Department of Agriculture and the task force often assist the county district attorney’s office in cannabis investigations and prosecutions.
In 2018, the task force provided “significant help” in the case of a man from Antioch who was ordered to pay $ 2.8 million to grow hundreds of unlicensed cannabis plants.
Young is a Yolo County native who was born in Woodland and raised on a ranch outside of Madison, according to the county’s website.
Young graduated from Esparto High School and began his employment in the county in 1991 after graduating from Sacramento State, where he received a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a concentration in management.
“(Young) will now be able to spend more time with his wife Shannan and sons Derek, Travis and Will, quad biking, hunting and fishing, hiking, camping, winemaking, gardening and traveling throughout the region. ‘State of California,’ the resolution reads.
The public can join the virtual meeting via Zoom or by calling (408) 638-0968.