Commissioner Putnam

Commissioner Adam H. Putnam

Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam oversees the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and serves as a member of Florida's Cabinet. 

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Calling All Kid Chefs: 2014 Student Chef Cook-Off Kicks Off

Jul 18, 2014

Are you a student going into 4th through 12th grade? Do you like to cook? Then this is the contest for you!

Recipes

"Fresh From Florida" Recipes

Florida avocados are nutrient-dense, packed with more than 20 vitamins and minerals. Enjoy one today in this delicious Chicken, Avocado and Swiss Wrap. For more healthy cooking ideas, browse our recipes.

 

Concealed Weapons

Apply for a Concealed Weapon License

Interested in applying for or renewing a concealed weapon license? You can apply by mail or in person at one of our eight regional offices in Florida. First, find out more about the program, its requirements and your eligibility.

Learn More About Concealed Weapon Licenses

Apply for a Private Investigation License

Interested in applying for or renewing a private investigation license? You can apply by mail or in person at one of our eight regional offices in Florida. First, find out more about the program, its requirements and your eligibility.

Learn More About Private Investigation Licenses

Apply for a Private Security License

Interested in applying for or renewing a private security license? You can apply by mail or in person at one of our eight regional offices in Florida. First, find out more about the program, its requirements and your eligibility.

Learn More About Private Security Licenses

Apply for a Recovery and Repossession License

Interested in applying for or renewing a recovery and repossession license? You can apply by mail or in person at one of our eight regional offices in Florida. First, find out more about the program, its requirements and your eligibility.

Learn More About Recovery and Repossession Licenses

Consumer Resources

Avoid Unwanted Sales Calls

Tired of unwanted sales calls? Protect your residential and mobile phone numbers from solicitors by subscribing to the Florida Do Not Call List. 

Floridians can sign up for free! Your number will remain on the Florida Do Not Call List for five (5) years. 

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Find Florida Products, Activities and Events

Use our interactive map to help plan your trip to Florida, find local agricultural resources or learn about the different festivals and markets around our great state. For best results, search by county, city or zip code, or filter results using the region dropdowns.

Begin your exploration here!

Business Services

Save Time, Register Online

Businesses and individuals required to register with the department can now save time by registering, renewing and managing their licenses online.

The process is easy, secure and faster than registering by mail. It eliminates the need to mail in most forms. After completing the online process, a confirmation email will be sent for your records.

All fees submitted to the department are non-refundable. The following forms of payment are accepted: VISA and MasterCard (credit/debit).

Visit Our Online Payment Service Center

Agriculture Industry

Advertise in the Florida Market Bulletin

Looking to buy or sell farm-related products or equipment? Check out the Florida Market Bulletin, our statewide advertising forum for farmers and ranchers. Classified ads are free to Florida residents. Categories include agricultural machinery, aquaculture, bees and equipment, cattle, farmland, goats, poultry, rabbits, stock dogs and more. 

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Join "Fresh From Florida"

Through the “Fresh From Florida” brand, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services works to raise awareness and promote the sale of the high quality products and commodities produced and grown in Florida. Florida farmers and ranchers who join the Fresh From Florida Program benefit from advertising, retail partnerships and use of the widely recognized "Fresh From Florida" logo.  

Learn More About the Program and How to Join

Dominican Republic Joins “Don’t Pack a Pest” Partnership

The department has a new partner in its effort to educate travelers about the risks of bringing undeclared agricultural items into Florida. Airports in the Dominican Republic have joined the growing list of airports where billboards and video ads featuring the “Don’t Pack a Pest” message can be seen.

The “Don’t Pack a Pest” program works to safeguard Florida agriculture from invasive pests and diseases. When unsuspecting travelers bring plants, food and other agricultural items into Florida, they may also be bringing in pests that can harm the state’s agriculture and natural resources.

Read More About the "Don't Pack a Pest" Program

Florida Farmers Honored for Environmental Innovations

The winners of the 2014 Commissioner’s Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award have been announced. They are Bryan Jones, owner of Riverdale Potato Farms in Elkton; Randy Strode, owner of Agri-Starts nursery in Apopka; and Sutton and Kris Rucks, owners of Milking R Dairy in Okeechobee. The four are being recognized for their efforts to conserve water and reduce water pollution.

Learn More About the Ag-Environmental Leadership Award

Forests & Wildfire

Join the Florida Forest Service

The Florida Forest Service consists of more than 1250 dedicated employees with the mission to protect and manage the forest resources of Florida, ensuring they are available for future generations. In addition to managing over one million acres of state forests for multiple public uses including timber, recreation, and wildlife habitat, they also provide services to landowners throughout the state with technical information and grant programs.

Learn more about the Florida Forest Service

Explore Florida Forests

Florida's state forests yield many benefits to the environment: forests preserve wildlife habitats and protect valuable natural resources. Florida state forests also provide a variety of recreational opportunities for the public to enjoy Florida's natural beauty. 

There are 35 state forests that total over 1 million acres.

Plan Your Visit to One of Florida's State Forests

Food and Nutrition

Food and Fun for Kids All Summer Long

When school lets out for the summer, many children are at risk of hunger or poor nutrition. The Summer Food Service Program bridges the gap during the summer months by serving free, nutritious meals to children 18 and younger. Meals are offered at parks, schools, playgrounds and other locations, often in combination with fun activities.

Find a Meal Location Near You

Farm to School Provides Kids with Fresh, Local Food

The Farm to School program partners local farms with K-12 schools to provide Florida children with nourishing, locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables in school cafeterias. The program also encourages complementary educational activities, including school gardens and farm tours.

Learn More About the Farm to School Program

With Nutrislice, Eating Right Is Fun

A new app is making healthy eating fun, cool, and more of a priority for Florida students. The department has partnered with Nutrislice to make school lunch menus across the state available on smartphones and tablets.

Schools can use the app to share lots of information about the food they serve, including pictures and nutrition data. Kids can use the app to rate food items and even take part in healthy eating competitions.

Read more about how Nutrislice is changing lunchtime for the better.

Chicken, Avocado and Swiss Wrap

Florida avocados are nutrient-dense, packed with more than 20 vitamins and minerals. Enjoy one today in this delicious hot wrap. For more healthy cooking ideas, browse our recipes.

Education

Test Your Consumer Knowledge

LifeSmarts is a flexible classroom or group activity that teaches teens to be smart and responsible consumers and citizens. The content and competition questions focus on five key areas of consumer knowledge that teens need to know to function effectively in today's marketplace.

Read More About The LifeSmarts Consumer Challenge

Energy

Conserve Energy and Save Money at Home

By answering just a few simple questions about your home, including the size, shape and year it was built, the “My Florida Home Energy” tool can help you conserve energy and save money! The tool takes you on an interactive tour through your home and offers tips for how you can improve its energy efficiency. In addition, it provides you with a customized plan for your home and estimates how much money you can save by increasing energy efficiency. 

Visit MyFloridaHomeEnergy.com to Start Your Tour

Water

Improve Your Water Use

Across the state of Florida, almost 10 million acres of farm, ranch, nursery and forest lands have applied agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs) to protect and conserve water resources. BMPs utilize innovative technologies to reduce the runoff and leaching of nutrients into Florida's surface and ground waters and to enhance water conservation. 

By implementing BMPs, Florida agriculture saves more than 10 billion gallons of water each year. 

Learn More About Agricultural BMPs