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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Commissioner Putnam's Consumer Tip for January: Know Your Rights Before Signing a Gym Contract

Jan 5, 2015

Recently, a Florida consumer signed a three-month trial membership at a gym but opted out of the automatic renewal program. However, the consumer was billed a renewal fee and a cancellation fee, and the bill was sent to collections. This consumer filed a complaint with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and through mediation, the business has now removed the charges from the consumer’s account.


"Fresh From Florida" Recipes

Sautéed Shrimp and Green Beans is a quick one-dish meal that combines fresh Florida shrimp, green beans and mushrooms. For more 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

Floridians Can Apply for Concealed Weapon Licenses at New Locations

A new law allows Floridians to apply for concealed weapon licenses at select tax collectors’ offices throughout the state. The law is designed to make the application process faster, easier and more convenient. Tax collectors in Highlands, Indian River, Nassau, Okaloosa and Pinellas counties are now accepting applications.

Read More About Tax Collectors Accepting Permit Applications

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!

Protect Your Child’s Credit

Commissioner Adam Putnam worked with the Legislature to create a new Florida law aimed at protecting children from identity theft. Credit reporting agencies are now required to establish and freeze a credit record for a minor upon request by a parent or guardian. By freezing your child’s credit, you can effectively block others from using it.

Learn How to Request a Credit Freeze for Kids

Make the Most of Your Charitable Giving

Charitable giving is at its peak this time of year. But before you give, do a little research and make sure your donation will be spent wisely. With the department’s Gift Givers' Guide, you can learn about a charity’s spending. You can see how much it spends on fundraising and administrative costs and how much really goes to helping people.

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. 

Submit an Ad Now

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

Florida Companies Make Millions in Sales at Trade Summit

Oct. 17-19, representatives from 14 Florida companies and agricultural associations joined the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services on a trip to the Produce Marketing Association's annual Fresh Summit in Anaheim, California.

Collectively, the companies generated more than $10 million in sales of "Fresh From Florida" products on site and another $7 million in projected sales.

Learn About the "Fresh From Florida" Program

Fresh From Florida Magazine Has a New Look

Browse the first edition of the new and improved Fresh From Florida magazine. Read about the growing demand for Florida commodities in international markets, water conservation methods used by farmers, and other exciting news from the state’s $108 billion agriculture industry.

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

Program Offers Hunting and Fishing Trips for Veterans

Established by Commissioner Adam Putnam, Operation Outdoor Freedom offers Florida’s wounded veterans opportunities to reconnect with nature and enjoy time with fellow veterans. Activities include hunting, fishing, scalloping, canoeing and camping trips. All funding is generated through private donations, and veterans participate at no cost.


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

Florida's Roadmap to Living Healthy

Discover Florida's Roadmap to Living Healthy, an interactive map that can help government agencies, nonprofits and other organizations identify gaps in service and improve access to nutritious food.

"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

Sautéed Shrimp and Green Beans

Fresh Florida shrimp, green beans and mushrooms come together to make a quick, healthy one-dish meal. For more seafood cooking ideas, browse our recipes


Florida's Top 10 Creepy Crawlers

The State Collection of Arthropods at FDACS in Gainesville houses more than 9 million insects, arachnids and other creepy crawlers. The museum is part of an effort to stop the spread of invasive or dangerous pests in Florida in order to protect humans, agriculture and the environment. Invasive pests cause millions of dollars of damage in our state each year. Learn more about 10 of Florida’s most unwanted species.

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


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 to Start Your Tour


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