The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services recovered more than $250,000 for Floridians during the month of September. As the state’s clearinghouse for consumer complaints, the department works diligently to educate the public, investigate complaints and provide mediation on behalf of consumers.
October is National Farm To School Month, and Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam encourages school children and families across the state to celebrate Florida’s amazing bounty of fresh crops, as well as its impact on our economy and quality of life.
Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced today 40 Florida projects will receive approximately $4 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture specialty crop block grants this year to help support specialty crop research and projects. The grant-supported projects will improve food safety practices, address disease and pest issues, study potential new crops, and educate the public on the nutritional value of specialty crops.