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.
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.
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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.
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.
Avoid Tax-Related Scams This Tax Season
With tax season beginning, Commissioner Putnam encourages Floridians to be wary of tax-related scams. According to the Internal Revenue Service, common scams include tax preparer phishing scams, IRS-impersonator phone scams, and email phishing scams.
Visit the Florida State Fair in Tampa
Florida’s official state fair runs Feb. 4-15 at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. The fair celebrates Florida’s rich agricultural heritage with livestock exhibits, a cook-off and other competitions, rides, games, concerts, food, and arts and crafts.
Learn More About the Florida State Fair
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).
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.
Commissioner Putnam Seeks Nominations for Ag-Environmental Leadership Award
Each year, Commissioner Putnam recognizes innovative Florida farmers with the Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award. The award commends farming operations for implementing progressive techniques to conserve natural resources. The department is accepting nominations now through March 1, 2016.
Forests & Wildfire
Join the Florida Forest Service
The Florida Forest Service consists of more than 1,250 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 1 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.
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, 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 37 state forests that total over 1 million acres.
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.
More Restaurants Join Program Promoting Local Florida Cuisine
Five new restaurants have joined the department’s “Fresh From Florida: On the Menu” program. The program highlights restaurants that feature fresh ingredients from Florida, including produce grown by local farmers and seafood caught in Florida's waters.
Celebrate Valentine's Day with "Fresh From Florida" Strawberries
For an authentic Florida Valentine’s Day, try one of our quick, easy-to-make recipes featuring Florida-grown strawberries. Florida is known as the “winter strawberry capital of the world,” and the state’s more than 240 strawberry farms produce 100 percent of U.S. winter strawberries.
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.
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.