Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Our History

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services was established in 1868 when the Office of Commissioner of Immigration was created. The mission, structure and name of the office evolved over time.

Our History Table

1868 

The Florida Constitution of 1868 created the Office of Commissioner of Immigration. The Commissioner of Immigration was empowered to attract settlers to Florida.

1871 

The Constitution was amended consolidating the Offices of Surveyor General and Commissioner of Immigration as the new Commissioner of Lands and Immigration.

1885 

The Constitution was revised renaming the Commissioner of Lands and Immigration as the Commissioner of Agriculture. 

1969

The Florida Legislature reorganized the department and established the Division of Consumer Services and the Division of Forestry. The Legislature renamed the department to include its new responsibilities: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.