Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
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By joining “Fresh From Florida,” agricultural producers can benefit from marketing, promotional and advertising initiatives conducted by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The hallmark of the program is the familiar “Fresh From Florida” logo, which is used in product packaging and signage, and in print and television ads. Only members are permitted to use the logo, which associates their products with Florida agriculture’s worldwide image of excellence.
Find information about the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ advisory councils and committees. These groups provide the department with stakeholder input and expertise on issues relating to its regulatory responsibilities.
Learn about regulations governing aircraft used for the aerial application of pesticides, fertilizer and seed in Florida.
The Florida License and Bond Law helps ensure that producers receive proper payment for their products and protects them against buyers who fail to pay. Dealers in agricultural products must be licensed and bonded. To secure a license, they must file an application, pay a fee, and post a surety bond or certificate of deposit. If a dealer fails to pay for products, the producer may file a claim.
Find out who needs to stop at an agricultural inspection station, where the stations are located, and what officers are looking for.
By having their property classified as agricultural for property tax purposes, farmers receive reductions in their property tax bills. To receive a DR-499C agricultural classification application form, contact your property appraiser.
Frequently asked questions about agricultural worker safety
Learn about the requirements for transporting animals into, out of and within Florida.
Information for animal owners about disaster preparedness, disaster recovery, and animal sheltering during an emergency
Find information about the Apalachicola Bay Oyster Harvesting License, Aquaculture Certificate of Registration, shellfish harvesting area classification, aquaculture submerged land leasing, shellfish processing facility certification and more.
Find information about beekeeper registration and bee protection.
Find information about Best Management Practices, including BMP manuals, brochures and other documents and information about how to enroll.
The Bronson Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory provides consummate scientific expertise in the detection and investigation of animal diseases that affect livestock, companion animals and public health.
A Florida winery may qualify as a tourist attraction only if it is registered with and certified in writing as a Florida Farm Winery by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). This certification status must be re-examined by FDACS on a yearly basis.
The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service compiles and issues daily market news reports on price, supply, demand, quality, movement, and market conditions of Florida agricultural commodities. This information serves producers, processors, distributors, retailers and consumers, and helps maintain an orderly distribution of agricultural products.
FDACS is charged with the regulation of all dairy facilities in Florida.
The Domestic Marijuana Eradication (DME) Program is a federally funded system that directly supports local, state and county law enforcement agencies in the detection, dismantling and eradication of domestically grown marijuana.
Find information about the Florida Energy Clearinghouse, Florida Energy Summit, Florida Renewable Energy Tax Incentives, programs to help farmers reduce their energy use, the Natural Gas Fuel Fleet Vehicle Rebate, Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds, and the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficient Technologies Grant Program.
Find information about county fair permitting and fair rides inspection.
Learn how to apply for or renew a feed license in Florida.
Apply for or renew your fertilizer license and/or report tonnage.
The Florida Agricultural Statistics Service (FASS) is the main agricultural data gathering agency in Florida with the purpose of collecting, compiling and providing current statistics.
The Florida Cattle Identification Rule is intended to improve the state’s ability to trace diseased animals, prevent disease spread in an animal disease emergency, and protect the marketability of Florida cattle.
Frequently asked questions from businesses about the Florida Do Not Call program
FDACS inspects retail and wholesale food businesses in Florida to minimize the risk of foodborne illness.
Learn more about the many services available from FDACS in support of Florida's fruit and vegetable crops.
Frequently asked questions from businesses about game promotions/sweepstakes
Learn more about grant opportunities offered by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Frequently asked questions from businesses about health studio regulations
Our department supports various awards and honors for those in the agricultural industry.
Requirements for shipping into Florida (For Consumption)
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) is responsible for licensing individuals and businesses that sell, transport, dispense or store liquefied petroleum (LP) gas and that manufacture, install, service or repair LP gas containers, systems or appliances. FDACS inspects facilities where LP gas is sold or stored and investigates accidents involving LP gas or equipment.
The Florida Metrology Laboratory maintains the standards for mass and volume in order to provide reliable calibration services for the measurement community.
Find information about mosquito control licensing and how to become a State-Approved Mosquito Control Program.
Frequently asked questions from businesses about the Florida Motor Vehicle Repair Act
Frequently asked questions from businesses about intrastate moving regulations in Florida
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program regulates the standards for any farm, wild crop harvesting, or handling operation that wants to sell an agricultural product as organically produced. Farms wishing to obtain organic certification may do so through the Accredited Certifying Agents that are listed with the USDA.
Frequently asked questions from businesses about the Florida Pawnbroking Act
FDACS regulates and licenses the pest control industry in Florida.
Find information about Florida pesticide permits, pesticide applicator certification, pesticide brand registration and pesticide compliance. You can also file a pesticide complaint and search for a licensed pesticide applicator.
Frequently asked questions from businesses about petroleum inspection.
Find information about nursery and stock dealer registration, plant and pest permits, and plant inspection.
Learn how to apply for a private investigation license in Florida.
The department licenses and regulates the private security industry in Florida. Untrained and unlicensed persons or businesses, or persons not of good moral character are a threat to the public safety and welfare. The private security industry is regulated to ensure the interests of the public are adequately served and protected.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) licenses and regulates the recovery and repossession industry in Florida in accordance with Chapter 493, Florida Statutes.
Find information about commercial fishing season advisories, handling and serving oysters, seafood industry trade leads and seafood menu item misrepresentation.
Learn about Seed Dealer licensing, seed label requirements, and the Seed Investigation and Conciliation Council.
Effective July 1, 2013, sellers of business franchises are no longer required to file registration documents with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). The Franchise Exemption filing remains in place.
Frequently asked questions from businesses about the sellers of travel law
Information for businesses about the Solicitations of Contributions Act
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services operates a system of 12 State Farmers Markets. These markets offer attendant services such as produce refrigeration, truck weigh scales, packinghouses, coolers, offices, farm supply, restaurants, and produce brokerage sales as well as produce and freight shipping companies. The markets generally are active on a seasonal basis.
Student tour operator is a special designation under the sellers of travel law. Sellers of travel who wish to function as a student tour operator are required to file annually with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) and provide proof that they have met the additional student tour operator insurance requirements. Please visit the Sellers of Travel FAQ for information on how to register as a seller of travel.
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Through the Florida Board of Professional Surveyors and Mappers, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services licenses and regulates professional surveyors and mappers in Florida.
Frequently asked questions from businesses about the Florida Telemarketing Act
Find information about health certificates, the Florida Veterinary Corps, reportable animal diseases, and reporting suspected cases of Avian Influenza.
Find information about Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs), Mobile Irrigation Labs, agricultural permit exemption determinations, and agricultural water supply planning.
Frequently asked questions from businesses about weights and measures in Florida