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Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Fruit and Vegetables

What is the purpose of the division?

The Division of Fruit and Vegetables inspects and certifies all fresh shipments of vegetables, fruit, and nuts covered by state and federal marketing orders. The division inspects all fresh tomato packinghouses and farms to ensure compliance with food safety regulations, and also inspects fresh produce not covered by regulation on a request basis in support of outside entities, export laws, and commercial requirements. The division licenses all citrus dealers, registrants and agents of licensed fruit dealers, packinghouses, and processing plants. The division oversees the Florida Agricultural Statistical Service (FASS), the main agricultural data-gathering entity in Florida, which collects, compiles, and provides current agricultural statistics.

How is the division organized?

Headquartered in Bartow, the Division of Fruit and Vegetables is part of the department's Agriculture Economic Development Program.  The division has two bureaus.
  • Bureau of Inspection inspects and certifies produce that is covered by state and federal marketing orders related to quality and/or condition of product.  The Bureau comprises two sections.  The Citrus Section monitors the Department of Citrus and other state and federal agencies' rules and regulations pertaining to the quality of fresh or processed citrus products.  The Vegetable Section performs mandatory inspections on fresh produce covered by marketing orders and inspects fresh produce not covered by regulation on a request basis in support of outside entities, export laws, and commercial requirements. The Bureau is also responsible for the installation, calibration, repair, and accuracy of all measuring systems and instruments used in the inspection process, including automated citrus juice testing systems as well as other commodity automation needs.
  • Bureau of Operation and Compliance oversees all support functions of the division. This includes data entry, fiscal, license and bond, and building maintenance, as well as the Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Modernization Act, Produce Safety Rule. The Bureau oversees the Florida Agriculture Statistic Service (FASS).  The bureau is also responsible for compiling and publishing reports generated from inspection data on a timely basis for industry leaders, growers, processors, and other involved parties. FASS has the primary goal of providing farmers, ranchers, and other producers of Florida agricultural commodities with unbiased and reliable information to assist them in making production and marketing decisions.

How many tons of fruits and vegetables does the division inspect?

In Fiscal Year 2018-19, the division inspected nearly 4.1 million tons of fruit and vegetables at shipping point and terminal markets. As of April 2020, the division inspected nearly 3.4 million tons of fruit and vegetables at shipping points and terminal markets during Fiscal Year 2019-20.

How are these activities funded?

Fiscal Year: 2020-21
Fund Salary Rate/ Position General Revenue Trust Funds
SALARY RATE
POSITIONS
SALARIES AND BENEFITS
FROM CITRUS INSPECTION TRUST FUND
FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
FROM GENERAL INSPECTION TRUST FUND
OTHER PERSONAL SERVICES
FROM CITRUS INSPECTION TRUST FUND
FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
FROM GENERAL INSPECTION TRUST FUND
EXPENSES
FROM CITRUS INSPECTION TRUST FUND
FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
FROM GENERAL INSPECTION TRUST FUND
OPERATING CAPITAL OUTLAY
FROM CITRUS INSPECTION TRUST FUND
FROM GENERAL INSPECTION TRUST FUND
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
ACQUISITION OF MOTOR VEHICLES
FROM GENERAL INSPECTION TRUST FUND
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
AUTOMATED TESTING EQUIPMENT
FROM CITRUS INSPECTION TRUST FUND
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
TRANSFER TO AGRICULTURAL EMERGENCY ERADICATION TRUST FUND
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
TRANSFER GENERAL REVENUE TO CITRUS INSPECTION TRUST FUND
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
CITRUS RESEARCH
FROM AGRICULTURAL EMERGENCY ERADICATION TRUST FUND
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
CONTRACTED SERVICES
FROM CITRUS INSPECTION TRUST FUND
FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
FROM GENERAL INSPECTION TRUST FUND
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
GRANTS AND AIDS - MARKETING ORDERS
FROM CITRUS INSPECTION TRUST FUND
FROM GENERAL INSPECTION TRUST FUND
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
RISK MANAGEMENT INSURANCE
FROM CITRUS INSPECTION TRUST FUND
FROM GENERAL INSPECTION TRUST FUND
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
TRANSFER TO DEPARTMENT OF MANAGEMENT SERVICES - HUMAN RESOURCES SERVICES PURCHASED PER STATEWIDE CONTRACT
FROM CITRUS INSPECTION TRUST FUND
FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
FROM GENERAL INSPECTION TRUST FUND
TOTAL
9,000,000
21,788,594

Updates

Keep Florida Growing. With restaurants and foodservice businesses closed due to COVID-19, agricultural producers across the country have struggled to sell perishable products like fruits and vegetables.  The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) is working to support farmers, ranchers and producers, as well as consumers. A  list of programs and resources is available at Keep Florida Growing.

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Coronavirus Food Assistance Program provides vital financial assistance to producers of agricultural commodities who have suffered a five percent or greater price decline or who had losses due to market supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19, and face additional significant market costs.

 

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?

Reports
Florida Agriculture Overview and Statistics, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
2019 State Agriculture Overview Florida, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Websites of Interest
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Performance Information


Performance measures and standards for the department may be found in its Long Range Program Plan.

What are the applicable statutes?

Chapter 603 and ss. 20.14, 570.48, and 570.49, Florida Statutes.

Whom do I contact for help?

Division of Fruit and Vegetables, 863-578-1900

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