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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pan-Seared Florida Red Snapper
This week, try Pan-Seared Florida Red Snapper with Cucumber Relish and Spicy Yogurt Sauce. Nutritious Florida red snapper is sautéed in olive oil and served with fresh cucumbers, tomatoes and Greek-style yogurt. For more seafood ideas, browse our recipes.
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.
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.
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.