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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Florida Forest Service Sets Prescribed Fire Record

Aug 21, 2014

The Florida Forest Service oversees one of the most active prescribed fire programs in the country in order to reduce the risk of wildfires and keep Florida’s natural habitats healthy and growing.

Recipes

"Fresh From Florida" Recipes

This week, try Florida Spiny Lobster Stir-Fry. Bite-sized nuggets of spiny lobster are cooked in a tasty sauce containing orange juice and fresh ginger. For more seafood 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. 

Subscribe Now

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!

2004 Storm Season Taught Important Lessons

Ten years ago, in August and September 2004, Florida was struck by four hurricanes in just six weeks. Together, hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne caused an estimated $45 billion in damage. The storms taught Floridians some powerful lessons and spurred communities to make some important improvements. Building codes were strengthened. Electrical grids were upgraded. State and local governments stepped up their emergency planning, and individuals did too.

Hurricane season doesn’t end until November 30. Are you prepared for a storm?

Learn How to Get Hurricane-Ready

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

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

"Living Healthy in Florida" Promotes Healthy Lifestyles

"Living Healthy in Florida" is a multi-agency campaign providing free tools to promote healthy lifestyles in our state. The tools include Florida-produce facts, recipes, videos, activities for kids, and more.

Learn More About Living Healthy in Florida

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

Florida Spiny Lobster Stir-Fry

Tonight, try this nutritious stir-fry. Bite-sized nuggets of spiny lobster are cooked in a tasty sauce containing orange juice and fresh ginger. For more seafood 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