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2017 Press Releases

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Dec.

December 2017 Press Releases

Dec. 29

Floridians’ Top 10 Consumer Complaints in 2017

Dec. 28

Safety Tips for Ringing in the New Year with Fireworks

Dec. 27

Commissioner Adam Putnam Provides Tips for Safe Christmas Tree Disposal

Dec. 21

Commissioner Adam H. Putnam’s Statement on House Passing Disaster Spending Bill with Funding for Florida Agriculture 

Dec. 19

Commissioner Adam H. Putnam’s Statement on Inclusion of Funding for Florida Agriculture in Disaster Spending Bill

Dec. 18

Eight Additional Florida Schools Awarded HealthierUS School Challenge Designation 

Dec. 13

Excerpts from Commissioner Adam H. Putnam’s Remarks at the Rural Economic Development Summit

Dec. 13

Photo Release: Commissioner Putnam Presents Governor, Cabinet with “Fresh From Florida” Christmas Trees

Dec. 12

Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement Arrests Levy County Man for Intentionally Starting Wildfire

Dec. 12

Statement by Commissioner Adam Putnam on Updated Citrus Crop Forecast, Need for Federal Assistance

Dec. 7

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to Host Consumer Protection Fair in Tallahassee

Dec. 6

Commissioner Adam Putnam’s Statement on Passage of Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017

Dec. 5

Florida Forest Service Offers Tips for Fire-Safe Outdoor Holiday Decorating

Dec. 4

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Recovers Nearly $179,000 for Consumers in November 

Nov.

November 2017 Press Releases

Nov. 28

Commissioner Adam H. Putnam Requests Federal Disaster Relief for Florida Agriculture

Nov. 27

Commissioner Adam H. Putnam’s Statement Regarding the Passing of Jefferson County Sheriff David Hobbs

Nov. 27

Check-A-Charity Before Donating This Giving Tuesday

Nov. 21

Commissioner Adam Putnam Provides Tips to Avoid Black Friday, Cyber Monday Scams

Nov. 20

Commissioner Adam Putnam Provides Safety Tips for Thanksgiving Celebrations  

Nov. 17

Commissioner Adam H. Putnam’s Statement on Hurricane Relief Budget Request

Nov. 15

Commissioner Adam H. Putnam’s Statement Regarding Annual Drugs Identified in Deceased Persons Report, Growing Opioid Epidemic

Nov. 14

Commissioner Adam H. Putnam Praises Governor Rick Scott’s Wildland Firefighter, Law Enforcement Officer Pay Raise Proposals

Nov. 9

Statement by Commissioner Adam Putnam on Updated Citrus Crop Forecast

Nov. 9

Commissioner Putnam Highlights Services Available to Veterans and Military Members

Nov. 8

Photo Release: Commissioner Adam H. Putnam Visits Puerto Rico Family Response Center

Nov. 8

Commissioner Adam H. Putnam Expands Concealed Weapon License Partnership to Osceola County Tax Collector

Nov. 7

Photo Release: Commissioner Adam H. Putnam Recognizes Operation Outdoor Freedom, Honors Veterans at Florida Cabinet Meeting

Nov. 6

Florida Forest Service Offers Military Veterans Free One-Night Stay at All State Forest Campgrounds

Nov. 1

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Recovers Nearly $287,000 for Consumers in October

Nov. 1

Commissioner Putnam Announces Winners of Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award

Oct.

October 2017 Press Releases

Oct. 26

Commissioner Adam H. Putnam Announces 50th Concealed Weapon Permit Partnership with County Tax Collectors

Oct. 24

Commissioner Adam H. Putnam’s Statement Regarding Current Federal Disaster Relief Legislation

Oct. 17

Mark Wilson Named 2017 Florida Farmer of the Year 

Oct. 17

More Than 2,500 Acres of Environmentally Sensitive Okeechobee Ranch Preserved

Oct. 16

Commissioner Putnam Recognizes Florida’s 17 Million Acres of Forests During Working Forests Week

Oct. 13

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Announces Upcoming Consumer Protection Fairs

Oct. 13

Statement from Commissioner Adam Putnam After U.S. Department of Agriculture Issues Disaster Declaration for 19 Florida Counties 

Oct. 13

Commissioner Adam Putnam Announces Extension of Free School Meals for All Students in Three Florida Counties

Oct. 12

Statement by Florida Commissioner of Agriculture on First Citrus Crop Forecast of the Season

Oct. 11

Excerpts from Commissioner Adam H. Putnam’s Remarks to Florida Congressional Delegation in Washington, D.C.

Oct. 10

Statewide HealthierUS School Challenge Promotion Awarded by United States Department of Agriculture 

Oct. 10

Commissioner Adam H. Putnam to Join Governor Rick Scott in DC to Discuss Citrus Industry Damages

Oct. 10

Photo Release: Commissioner Adam H. Putnam Served Lunch at Discovery Elementary School

Oct. 9

Commissioner Putnam Highlights National Fire Prevention Week

Oct. 6 

Commissioner Adam Putnam Announces Blackwater River State Forest Campground Closures for Tropical Storm Nate

Oct. 6

Florida Forest Service Announces Annual State Forest Photo Contest Winner

Oct. 6

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Recognizes Outstanding Farm to School Programs 

Oct. 5

Photo Release: Commissioner Adam H. Putnam Joined Governor Rick Scott and CFO Jimmy Patronis for Tropical Storm Nate Briefing

Oct. 5

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Sues Dade City’s Wild Things 

Oct. 4

Commissioner Putnam Announces Preliminary Florida Agricultural Damages Due to Hurricane Irma Total $2.5 Billion

Oct. 3

27 Additional Florida Schools Awarded HealthierUS School Challenge Designation

Oct. 3

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Recovers Nearly $135,000 for Consumers in September

Oct. 3

Commissioner Adam Putnam Waives Rules to Help Puerto Ricans Evacuate with Pets

Sept.

September 2017 Press Releases

Sept. 29

Incoming Puerto Rican Students Are Eligible for Free School Meals

Sept. 28

Photo Release: Commissioner Adam H. Putnam Meets with Recovery Teams in Monroe County

Sept. 28

Commissioner Adam H. Putnam’s Statement on the Passing of Deputy Shaun Feverston

Sept. 28

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Seeks Top Student Chefs

Sept. 25

Photo Release: Commissioner Adam H. Putnam Visits State Emergency Operations Center

Sept. 23

Commissioner Adam H. Putnam’s Statement on the Passing of Bud Adams

Sept. 22

Photo Release: Commissioner Adam Putnam Meets with Emergency Response Teams in Lee County

Sept. 21

Photo Release: Commissioner Adam Putnam Serves Breakfast at Beauclerc Elementary School

Sept. 20

Commissioner Putnam Announces Reopening of State Forests Closed for Hurricane Irma

Sept. 19

Commissioner Adam H. Putnam Issues Emergency Order Waiving Late Fees for Expiring Licenses, Registrations, Permits

Sept. 18

Photo Release: Commissioner Adam Putnam, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and Other Officials Survey Damage to Florida Agriculture

Sept. 18

Adam Putnam Announces Free School Meals for All K-12 Students in 48 Counties Impacted by Hurricane Irma

Sept. 16

Commissioner Adam H. Putnam Announces Household Disaster Food Distribution Program

Sept. 16

Commissioner Adam H. Putnam Unloads Water in Monroe County, Thanks Walmart for Generous Donation

Sept. 15

Commissioner Adam H. Putnam Issues Emergency Order Waiving Fee to Replace Concealed Weapon and Security Guard Licenses Damaged or Lost in Hurricane

Sept. 15

Photo Release: Commissioner Adam H. Putnam Surveys Damage in Florida Keys, Visits Emergency Operations Center

Sept. 13

Photo Release: Commissioner Adam H. Putnam Surveys Citrus Groves Damaged by Hurricane Irma

Sept. 12

Commissioner Putnam Thanks Secretary Perdue for Modifying Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in Wake of Hurricane

Sept. 12

Commissioner Adam H. Putnam Visits Cold Storage Facility Shipping 200,000 Meals to The Salvation Army

Sept. 11

Florida Forest Service and Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement Begin Urban Search and Rescue Missions

Sept. 10

Commissioner Adam Putnam’s Statement on Deaths of Hardee County Sheriff’s Office Deputy and Florida Department of Corrections Employee

Sept. 10

Commissioner Adam Putnam Announces Additional State Forest Closures for Hurricane Irma

Sept. 9

Commissioner Adam Putnam’s Department Continues Hurricane-Related Efforts, Including Acquiring Additional Food and Water

Sept. 9

Commissioner Adam Putnam Announces Out-of-State Outreach for Post-Hurricane Debris Removal Support

Sept. 8

Commissioner Adam Putnam’s Department Prepares to Support and Protect Floridians Affected by Hurricane Irma

Sept. 8

Commissioner Adam Putnam Issues Emergency Order Enabling More Out-of-State Security Guards to Provide Security in Florida

Sept. 8

Commissioner Putnam Reminds Consumers to Research Charities Before Giving

Sept. 7

Commissioner Adam Putnam’s Department Prepares to Support and Protect Floridians Affected by Hurricane Irma

Sept. 7

Commissioner Adam Putnam Encourages Floridians to Heed Evacuation Orders, Pet Owners Can Find Pet-friendly Options

Sept. 7

Florida Forest Service Announces State Forest Campground Closures for Hurricane Irma

Sept. 6

Florida Forest Service Personnel, Aircraft, Off-Road Vehicles Staging to Respond to Hurricane Irma

Sept. 6

Commissioner Adam Putnam’s Department Readies Millions of Food Servings in Preparation for Hurricane Irma

Sept. 5

Commissioner Adam Putnam Announces Suspension of Intrastate Movement Requirements for Transportation of Pets and Livestock

Sept. 5

Commissioner Adam Putnam Encourages Floridians to Prepare for Hurricane Irma

Sept. 1

Commissioner Putnam Provides Tips to Avoid Gas Pump Skimmers This Labor Day Weekend

Sept. 1

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Recovers Nearly $230,000 for Consumers in August

Aug.

August 2017 Press Releases

Aug. 29

In Wake of Hurricane Harvey, Consumers Should Research Charities Before Giving

Aug. 28

Commissioner Adam H. Putnam Supports 2017 National Trade Policy Agenda 

Aug. 25

Florida Forest Service Firefighters Head West to Battle Wildfires

Aug. 19

Commissioner Adam H. Putnam’s Statement on Officer Baxter’s Passing and Wounded Law Enforcement Officers

Aug. 15

Commissioner Adam H. Putnam’s Statement Regarding Florida Department of Law Enforcement Annual Awards Ceremony

Aug. 15

Tampa Man Arrested for Stealing Fuel with Counterfeit Credit Cards

Aug. 14

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to Host Consumer Protection Fairs Throughout Florida 

Aug. 11

Orlando Man Charged with Over 150 Crimes in $258,000 Timeshare Scheme

Aug. 10

Florida Forest Service Sends 40 Additional Firefighters to Help Combat Western Blazes

Aug. 8

Excerpts from Commissioner Adam H. Putnam’s Remarks at Florida Chamber Foundation’s Military, Defense and Veterans Opportunities Summit

Aug. 4

Florida Forest Service Now Accepting Urban and Community Forestry Grant Applications

Aug. 2

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Recovers Nearly $280,000 for Floridians in July

Aug. 1

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Announces Free and Reduced-Price School Meal Guidelines

Aug. 1

Commissioner Putnam Invites Florida Agricultural Landowners to Apply for the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program

July

July 2017 Press Releases

July 31

Commissioner Adam Putnam Invites Purple Heart Recipients to Participate in Special Purple Heart Day Event

July 27

Commissioner Putnam Supports the Florida National Guard’s Efforts to Base F-35 Lightning II with 125th Fighter Wing in Jacksonville

July 26

Commissioner Putnam Applauds Governor Scott’s Support of Florida’s Law Enforcement Officers

July 20

Additional Florida Forest Service Firefighters Join Wildfire Suppression Efforts Out West

July 18

More Than 82,000 Military and Veteran Concealed Weapon License Applications Expedited in Two Years

July 14

Commissioner Adam Putnam’s Statement Regarding Phosphorous Reduction in Everglades Agricultural Area

July 10

Commissioner Adam Putnam Names Dr. Martha Rhodes Roberts as 2017 Woman of the Year in Agriculture

July 7

Florida Forest Service Firefighters Heading to Battle Blazes in Western States

July 6

37 Florida Schools Awarded HealthierUS School Challenge Designation in June

July 5

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Recovers More Than $250,000 for Floridians in June

July 3

Commissioner Adam H. Putnam Provides Tips for Safe Fourth of July  

June

June 2017 Press Releases

June 30

Beware of Credit Card Skimmers at the Pump This Holiday Weekend

June 29

Commissioner Adam Putnam Again Lowers Fees for Concealed Weapon License Applications and Renewals

June 28

Commissioner Adam Putnam One of First Individuals Awarded 2017 US Water Prize 

June 27

Commissioner Adam H. Putnam Applauds EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for Move to Repeal WOTUS Final Rule

June 26

Florida Forest Service Announces Longleaf Pine Program for Landowners

June 21

Wounded Veterans Invited to Register for Free Lobstering, Scalloping, Kayaking Trips

June 16

Online Reservations for Florida State Forest Campsites Now Available

June 15

Florida Forest Service Announces Program for Landowners to Combat Devastating Forest Pest

June 11

Commissioner Adam H. Putnam’s Statement Regarding the Anniversary of the Pulse Attack

June 7

Commissioner Adam H. Putnam’s Statement on the Passing of Officer Montaad

June 5

Statement by Commissioner Adam Putnam on Orange County Shooting

June 2

Commissioner Adam H. Putnam’s Statement on Special Session

June 1

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Recovers More Than $236,000 for Floridians in May

May

May 2017 Press Releases

May 31

Commissioner Adam Putnam Encourages Floridians to Prepare for 2017 Hurricane Season

May 30

First Cases of H3N2 Dog Flu Confirmed in Florida

May 30

Commissioner Adam Putnam Provides Wildfire Update for Florida

May 26

Commissioner Putnam Reminds Floridians of High Wildfire Risk This Memorial Day Weekend

May 25

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Recognizes  School Gardens with “Golden Shovel” Awards

May 24

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Highlights Summer BreakSpot Program 

May 23

State Preserves More Than 5,000 Acres of Environmentally Sensitive Ranch Lands

May 22

Department Offers Free Credit Protection to 469 People Affected by Data Breach

May 22

Commissioner Adam Putnam Provides Wildfire Update for Florida

May 18

Commissioner Putnam Seeks Nominations for Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame

May 15

Commissioner Adam Putnam Provides Wildfire Update for Florida

May 15

Florida Veterans Can Now Use Relevant Military Training, Education Toward Private Investigator, Security Guard Licenses

May 12

Operation Outdoor Freedom Reaches 3,000 Wounded Veterans 

May 12

Commissioner Adam Putnam Applauds Governor Scott on Support of Senate Bill 10

May 12

South Carolina Sending Firefighters, Equipment to Help Florida Battle Wildfires

May 11

Tampa Pet Store Owner, Employee Arrested for Illegal Sales of Puppies

May 8

Same Day Florida Concealed Weapon License Renewal Now Available at Participating Tax Collectors’ Offices

May 8

Commissioner Adam Putnam Provides Wildfire Update for Florida

May 5

Commissioner Putnam Urges Public to Report Arson During National Arson Awareness Week

May 1

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Recovers More Than $167,000 for Floridians in April

April

April 2017 Press Releases

April 27

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Hosts Statewide Zika Workshops

April 26

Commissioner Putnam Urges Department of Commerce to Investigate Mexico’s Unfair Trade Practices 

April 25

Wounded Veterans Invited to Participate in Free Gulf Coast Fishing Trip

April 24

Gianna Rivera Wins “Fresh From Florida” Student Chef Cook-Off

April 24

FloridaConsumerHelp.com Provides Key Consumer Protection Information

April 21

Commissioner Adam H. Putnam Urges Collier County Residents to Comply with Evacuation Orders Related to Wildfires

April 20

Agricultural Law Enforcement Officers Apprehend Emmanuel Saint Fleur, Wanted Murder Suspect, at Interstate Rest Stop

April 18

Commissioner Putnam Seeks Nominations for Woman of the Year in Agriculture

April 18

50 Florida Schools Awarded HealthierUS School Challenge Designation in March

April 14

With More Than 240 Arson Wildfires in 2017, Commissioner Adam Putnam Asks Floridians to Help Combat Arson

April 11

Statement by Commissioner Adam Putnam on Updated Citrus Crop Forecast

April 11

Florida Forest Service Names David Dietz 2017 Forestry Firefighter of the Year 

April 11

Governor Scott and Florida Cabinet Discuss Dangerous Wildfire Conditions, Recognize Wildfire Awareness Week

April 6

More Than 70,000 Military and Veteran Concealed Weapon License Applications Expedited

April 5

Florida’s Top Five Student Chefs to Compete in “Fresh From Florida” Student Chef Cook-Off

April 3

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Recovers More Than $274,000 for Floridians in March 

March

March 2017 Press Releases

March 28

Commissioner Adam H. Putnam's Statement on "Fresh From Florida" Funding

March 24

Commissioner Putnam Warns of IRS Scams Targeting Seniors

March 22

Florida Wildfires Burn Two-and-a-Half Times More Acreage Than Same Time Last Year

March 18

With No Screwworms Found in Months, Animal Health Checkpoint in Monroe County to Close

March 14

State Preserves More Than 3,800 Acres of Environmentally Sensitive Ranch Lands in Four Florida Counties

March 13

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Seeking Top School Gardens

March 9

Statement by Commissioner Adam Putnam on Today’s Historically Low Citrus Crop Forecast

March 9

Collier County Fire Morning Update

March 8

Collier County Wildfire Afternoon Update

March 8

Collier County Wildfire Update

March 7

Florida Forest Service Continues Efforts to Protect Local Community from Collier County Wildfire

March 6

Florida Forest Service Provides Update, Releases App

March 6

Commissioner Putnam Provides Tips to Consumers During National Consumer Protection Week

March 6

Results of Skimmers Sweep Targeting Popular Spring Break Destinations Announced

March 3

Commissioner Putnam Highlights National School Breakfast Week 

March 2

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Recovers More Than $235,000 for Floridians in February

March 1

Students in Duval and Columbia Counties Enjoy Florida-Grown Strawberries

March 1

More Than 15,000 Animals Inspected for Screwworm in Monroe County

Feb.

February 2017 Press Releases

Feb. 24

Broward County Schools to Serve Students 40,000 Pounds of Plant City Strawberries

Feb. 20

Florida Forest Service Releases New Fire Information App

Feb. 9

Commissioner Adam H. Putnam Joins First Responders to Kick Off 2017 Florida State Fair

Feb. 6

Consumer Alert: Avoid Tax-Related Scams This Tax Season

Feb. 3

Tampa Man Arrested for Stealing Fuel with Counterfeit Credit Cards

Feb. 2

Kick Off Your Super Bowl Party with “Fresh From Florida” Recipes

Feb. 2

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Recovers More Than $312,000 for Floridians in January

Feb. 1

Florida Forest Service Invites Teachers to Apply for Forestry Tour

Feb. 1

Orlando Men Arrested for Stealing Fuel with Counterfeit Credit Cards

Jan.

January 2017 Press Releases

Jan. 31

Provide Nutritious Meals to Florida Children During Summer Months 

Jan. 27

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Seeking Top Student Chef

Jan. 26

Commissioner Putnam Seeks Nominations for Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award

Jan. 26

Commissioner Putnam Announces Director of External Affairs, Deputy Legislative Affairs Director

Jan. 21

Commissioner Putnam Urges Support for Prescribed Fire During Prescribed Fire Awareness Week

Jan. 19

Sting Operation Leads to Charges Against Owner of Monroe County Moving Company

Jan. 18

Florida Forest Service Celebrates Florida’s Arbor Day, Encourages Communities to Become Tree City USA Certified

Jan. 17

Wounded Veterans Invited to Participate in Upcoming Hunting, Fishing Trips at No Cost

Jan. 12

Statement by Commissioner Adam Putnam on Today’s Updated Citrus Crop Forecast

Jan. 11

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Arrests Tampa Man for Stealing Fuel, Financial Information

Jan. 11

30 Florida Schools Awarded HealthierUS School Challenge Designation in December

Jan. 11

Officials to Release Sterile Flies in Homestead in Precautionary Move

Jan. 3

Commissioner Putnam Provides Tips for New Gym Memberships