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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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Wildfires Burn Across Florida
Drought is fueling wildfires across Florida, making this the most active fire season since 2011. More than 2,000 wildfires have burned over 150,000 acres in Florida this year.
Stay informed about current fire conditions.
Learn more about fire prevention and fire safety.
Concealed Weapon License
You can apply for a concealed weapon license by mail or in person at a regional office or authorized Florida tax collector’s office.
Interested in applying for or renewing a concealed weapon license? You can apply by mail or in person at locations throughout Florida. First, find out more about the program, its requirements and your eligibility.
Is it time to renew your concealed weapon or firearm license? Now you can renew it online.
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.
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.
Commissioner Putnam Seeks Nominations for Woman of the Year in Agriculture
Commissioner Putnam is now accepting nominations for the 2017 “Woman of the Year in Agriculture” award.
Since 1985, the “Woman of the Year in Agriculture” award has recognized women in all areas of the industry who have made outstanding contributions to Florida agriculture. The deadline for submitting nominations is June 1, 2017.
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.
Some fees submitted to the department are non-refundable. The following forms of payment are accepted: VISA, MasterCard, American Express and e-checks.
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.
Florida Ag Hall of Fame Seeks Nominations
The Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame is now accepting nominations for the class of 2018. The Florida Ag Hall of Fame honors men and women who have made lasting contributions to Florida agriculture. Nominations must be submitted by September 1, 2017.
Forests & Wildfire
Wounded Veterans Invited to Participate in Operation Outdoor Freedom
Commissioner Putnam invites Florida's wounded veterans to enjoy outdoor recreational events at no cost through the “Operation Outdoor Freedom” program. Outdoor excursions, including fishing, hunting and boating trips, are held regularly on state forests and private lands throughout Florida and are funded through private donations. Since Commissioner Putnam launched the program in 2011, more than 1,600 veterans have participated in the “Operation Outdoor Freedom” experience.
Florida Forest Service Releases New Fire Information App
“FLBurnTools” is a new mobile app from the Florida Forest Service to inform the public about drought, wildfire danger and wildfire activity. Prescribed burn practitioners can also use the app to plan and submit authorization requests. The “FLBurnTools” app is now available in Apple's App Store and on Google Play.
Food and Nutrition
Farm to School Program Provides Locally Grown Produce to Students
The Farm to School program connects K-12 schools with Florida farmers to provide locally grown produce to students during school meals. Since 2015, the Farm to School program has facilitated the purchase of nearly 600,000 pounds of fresh, seasonal produce to Florida schools through opportunity buys. The Farm to School program positively impacts local economies, reduces food transportation costs and helps preserve farms and farmland.
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.
Commissioner Putnam Launches Educational Video Series: The Science of Cooking
Commissioner Putnam has launched an educational video series titled “The Science of Cooking” to engage fifth- to eighth-grade students in the science in daily activities, such as cooking. The six videos shift back and forth between a chef cooking a kid-friendly recipe that features Florida-grown products and a chemist who describes the science behind cooking. The science involves basic chemistry concepts that align with the Florida State Standards.
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, you can use the “My Florida Home Energy” tool to help 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.