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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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You can apply for a concealed weapon license by mail or in person at a regional office or authorized Florida tax collector’s office.

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Commissioner Adam H. Putnam Applauds EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for Move to Repeal WOTUS Final Rule

Jun 27, 2017

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam issued the following statement regarding EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s proposal to repeal the Obama-era WOTUS final rule.

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"Fresh From Florida" Recipes

Pop into summer with cool, healthy Florida Watermelon Popsicles. For more cooking ideas, browse our recipes.

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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 locations throughout Florida. First, find out more about the program, its requirements and your eligibility.

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Renew Your Concealed Weapon License Online

Is it time to renew your concealed weapon or firearm license? Now you can renew it online.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Consumer Resources

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.

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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.

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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.

Some fees submitted to the department are non-refundable. The following forms of payment are accepted: VISA, MasterCard, American Express and e-checks.

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Agriculture Industry

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.  

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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.

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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.

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Apply for the Southern Pine Beetle Assistance and Prevention Program

Through July 31, the Southern Pine Beetle Assistance and Prevention Program is accepting applications from non-industrial, private forest landowners. The program provides incentive payments for landowners who conduct a first pulpwood thinning. It also offers partial cost reimbursement for prescribed burning, mechanical underbrush treatments and the planting of longleaf or slash pine rather than loblolly pine, the southern pine beetle’s preferred species.

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Program Helps Landowners Establish and Improve Longleaf Pine Stands

Through July 28, the Longleaf Pine Landowner Incentive Program will be accepting applications from eligible, non-industrial private forest landowners. The goal of the program is to increase the acreage of healthy longleaf pine forests in Florida by helping landowners make the long-term investment required to establish and maintain this valuable ecosystem.

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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.

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Summer BreakSpot Program Provides Free, Nutritious Meals to Kids

From June through August, the Summer BreakSpot program provides meals at no cost to children 18 and under who are from low-income families. The department partners with more than 4,200 schools and community organizations statewide to offer nutritious meals, recreational fun and educational activities.

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Department Recognizes School Gardens with "Golden Shovel" Awards

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has announced the winners of the third annual Florida Farm to School “Golden Shovel” Awards, which recognize Florida students, educators and community members for their extraordinary school garden efforts. The five award categories include: Best New Garden, Best Revitalized Garden, Best Use of Produce, Most Community Involvement and Most Creative Learning Environment.

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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.

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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.

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, 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. 

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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. 

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