Oct 29, 2014 2:00 PM
Butte County's biggest cash crop is getting some protection from county officials.
Starting Friday, all walnut vendors you see on the side of the road will be required to have permits to show proof of ownership. The Butte County Agricultural Commissioner says this is an effort to prevent walnut theft.
Just in the past week, the agricultural office issued nearly 150 certificates to vendors and expect more by week's end.
Walnuts brought more than 285 million dollars to the county last year, which is why it's a main target for thieves.
In years past, growers reported that thieves stole and sold the walnuts as their own. Now, anyone selling walnuts without proper identification could have their walnuts confiscated and face legal action.