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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Monitoring of Old World Bollworm After First Detection in United States Yields No Additional Finds

Jul 30, 2015

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today announced that after the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the United States Department of Agriculture’s initial finding of three, adult male Old World Bollworms in June 2015 in Bradenton, Fla., there have been no additional finds.

Recipes/Recetas

"Fresh From Florida" Recipes

This week, try our fresh, healthy take on tacos, Shrimp Tacos with Cabbage. 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 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 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.

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. 

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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.

Begin your exploration here!

Protect Yourself Against Fraud and Deception

Help fight fraud with the department’s Little Black Book of Scams. It explains many common types of fraud, including those involving charitable organizations, taxes, telemarketing and identity theft. It also offers tips to avoid becoming a victim.

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

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

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.

Nominate Your Candidate for Woman of the Year in Agriculture

The department is accepting nominations for the 2015 Woman of the Year in Agriculture Award now through August 30. This prestigious award recognizes women who have made a significant contribution to Florida agriculture. The winner will be honored at the Florida State Fair in February.

Fill Out a Nomination Application

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

Create a Wildfire Action Plan

Commissioner Putnam encourages Floridians to have a wildfire action plan [ Adobe PDF Document 3.40 MB ] in the event that a wildfire threatens residential areas. Wildfire season is a year-round reality in Florida. Learn about the steps you can take to help keep your home, family and pets safe.

Read More About Staying Safe During a Wildfire

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 37 state forests that total over 1 million acres.

Plan Your Visit to One of Florida's State Forests

Food and Nutrition

Enter the 2015 Student Chef Cook-Off

Students going into fourth through 12th grade are invited to enter the department’s 2015 Student Chef Cook-Off. The deadline is Sept. 13. Participants must create an original snack recipe and submit with a photo. Recipes will be judged on nutrition, presentation/appeal and originality.

Learn More About the Cook-Off

Summer BreakSpot Provides Free, Nutritious Food to Children

When school lets out for summer, many children are at risk of hunger and poor nutrition. The Summer BreakSpot program bridges the summer nutrition gap by serving free, nutritious meals to kids 18 and younger. Meals are offered at parks, schools and other locations, often in combination with fun activities.

Shrimp Tacos with Cabbage

This week, try our fresh, healthy take on tacos. For more 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