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Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

What is the purpose of the department?

The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services supports and promotes Florida agriculture, protects the environment, safeguards consumers, and ensures the safety and wholesomeness of foods.  Among other programs and activities, the department
  • protects Florida's livestock, honey bees, and crop plants from pests and diseases;
  • manages over a million acres of state forest land for multiple uses, including timber, wildlife habitat, and recreation;
  • acts as the state's clearinghouse for consumer concerns, whose call center analysts answer questions, provide information, and help resolve complaints; and
  • tests for toxins, allergens, chemical contaminants, pesticide residues, food additives, and fraudulent formulations in food samples.

How does the department perform its mission?

The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services accomplishes its mission through four major programs.
The department also houses the Division of Licensing, which administers Florida's concealed weapon licensing program and oversees Florida's private investigative, private security, and recovery services industries.
Also contained within the department's administrative budget category are three significant functions-the Offices of Agricultural Water Policy, Agricultural Law Enforcement, and Energy.

How are these activities funded?

Fiscal Year: 2020-21
Fund Dollars Positions
AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF, AND COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE
PROGRAM: AGRICULTURAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS MARKETING
19,149,239
100.00
ANIMAL PEST AND DISEASE CONTROL
10,595,924
115.00
AQUACULTURE
4,185,273
44.00
FOOD, NUTRITION AND WELLNESS
1,294,658,678
100.00
FRUITS AND VEGETABLES INSPECTION AND ENFORCEMENT
30,788,589
117.00
PLANT PEST AND DISEASE CONTROL
49,299,983
378.00
PROGRAM: AGRICULTURE MANAGEMENT INFORMATION CENTER
OFFICE OF AGRICULTURE TECHNOLOGY SERVICES
10,207,652
54.00
PROGRAM: CONSUMER PROTECTION
AGRICULTURAL ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES
18,596,029
186.00
CONSUMER PROTECTION
20,270,854
284.00
PROGRAM: FOOD SAFETY AND QUALITY
FOOD SAFETY INSPECTION AND ENFORCEMENT
25,098,546
319.00
PROGRAM: FOREST AND RESOURCE PROTECTION
FLORIDA FOREST SERVICE
139,461,571
1,180.00
PROGRAM: OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER AND ADMINISTRATION
AGRICULTURAL LAW ENFORCEMENT
26,669,579
302.00
AGRICULTURAL WATER POLICY COORDINATION
46,200,731
59.00
DIVISION OF LICENSING
33,247,638
302.00
EXECUTIVE DIRECTION AND SUPPORT SERVICES
18,316,928
186.25
OFFICE OF ENERGY
2,605,054
14.00
TOTAL
1,749,352,268
3,740.25

Updates

Hurricane Michael Recovery. The agricultural impacts of Hurricane Michael, as of January 2019, are estimated at nearly $1.5 billion in total losses. The forestry industry, in particular, was the hardest hit with an estimated loss of $1.29 billion. In the immediate aftermath of the storm, the department provided urban search and rescue support, while forestry saw teams opened over 600 miles of roads throughout the impacted area. The department also provided assistance to private landowners through site visits to assist with salvage, debris cleanup, and reforestation efforts.  Although there are also federal recovery efforts, Hurricane Michael recovery efforts at the state level are focused on reducing the wildfire threat, reforestation, forest pest and invasive species prevention, and urban and community reforestation.
Medical Marijuana Edibles. The 2019 Legislature enacted Ch. 2019-1, Laws of Florida, which establishes provisions for the sale of food processed with medical marijuana.  These provisions require any medical marijuana treatment center (MMTC) producing edibles to first receive a permit with the department. The department has initiated the rulemaking process to establish requirements for MMTCs electing to pursue the production of edibles.

Where can I find related OPPAGA reports?

A complete list of related OPPAGA reports is available on our website.

Where can I get more information?

Other Reports
Local and Organic Food Production, Florida Senate, Interim Project Report 2012-202, September 2011.
Impact of the Overproduction of Peanuts, Florida Senate, Interim Project Report 2011-101, October 2010.
Impact of Deepwater Horizon Oil Leak on Aquaculture, Florida Senate, Interim Project Report 2011-102, October 2010.
Potential Creation of Bio-Fuel from Equine Bedding Waste, Florida Senate, Interim Project Report 2011-103, October 2010.
The Auditor General reports on department operations are available on its website.
The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Office of Inspector General reports are available on its website.
Websites of Interest
U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Federal Trade Commission
Performance Information
Performance measures and standards for the department may be found in its Long Range Program Plan.

What are the applicable statutes?

Chapter 570 and s. 20.14, Florida Statutes.

Whom do I contact for help?

Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 1-800-HELP-FLA (1-800-435-7352)
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