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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Kick Off College Football Season with These “Fresh From Florida” Recipes

Sep 2, 2015

College football season kicks off this week, and there is no better way to celebrate a team’s big game than with fun, healthy and simple “Fresh From Florida” recipes. These winning recipes feature delicious seafood, fresh fruits and vegetables produced in Florida. Make sure to look for “in season” products with the “Fresh From Florida” label at local grocery stores when preparing for this season’s tailgates and watch parties.

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"Fresh From Florida" Recipes

Florida spiny lobster is in season, so now is a great time to try Florida Spiny Lobster Stir-Fry with Sweet Peppers. 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.

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

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!

Be Prepared: Create a Hurricane Plan

With Tropical Storm Erika heading toward Florida, Commissioner Adam Putnam is encouraging Floridians to have a disaster preparedness plan.

Hurricane season officially began on June 1 and will end on November 30.

Visit FloridaDisaster.org to create your plan today.

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.

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.

Learn more about the Florida Forest Service

Florida Forest Service Sets National Prescribed Fire Record

During the last 12 months, the Florida Forest Service treated more than 246,000 acres of state forest land with prescribed fire, the highest number ever reported by a state forestry agency. Prescribed fire is used to keep forest ecosystems healthy, improve wildlife habitat, and reduce hazardous fuel buildup to help prevent extreme wildfires.

Learn More About Prescribed Fire in Florida

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

Nutrislice Helps Families Make Healthy Food Choices

As the new school year begins, Commissioner Putnam is encouraging students and parents to download the Nutrislice app. Nutrislice makes it easy to learn about the menu items at your school cafeteria. Families can use the app to plan healthy meals for their children and protect them from any food allergies they may have.

Read More About Nutrislice

Florida Spiny Lobster Stir-Fry with Sweet Peppers

Florida spiny lobster is in season, so now is a great time to try this delicious, healthy stir-fry. 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

Mobile Labs Help Florida Agriculture Conserve Water

In the last fiscal year, Florida farms and ranches saved more than 12 billion gallons of water through the Mobile Irrigation Lab (MIL) program. The program provides free irrigation system evaluations and on-site education to help growers save water and optimize production of their crops.

Learn More About the MIL Program

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