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 functionsthe Offices of Agricultural Water Policy, Agricultural Law Enforcement, and Energy.

How are these activities funded?

Fiscal Year: 2020-21
Title Fund Dollars Positions
AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF, AND COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE
PROGRAM: AGRICULTURAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS MARKETING
19,238,444
100.00
ANIMAL PEST AND DISEASE CONTROL
11,034,393
115.00
AQUACULTURE
4,184,063
44.00
FOOD, NUTRITION AND WELLNESS
1,294,750,880
100.00
FRUITS AND VEGETABLES INSPECTION AND ENFORCEMENT
30,703,932
117.00
PLANT PEST AND DISEASE CONTROL
48,900,142
378.00
PROGRAM: AGRICULTURE MANAGEMENT INFORMATION CENTER
OFFICE OF AGRICULTURE TECHNOLOGY SERVICES
10,208,829
54.00
PROGRAM: CONSUMER PROTECTION
AGRICULTURAL ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES
18,549,340
186.00
CONSUMER PROTECTION
20,524,697
284.00
PROGRAM: FOOD SAFETY AND QUALITY
FOOD SAFETY INSPECTION AND ENFORCEMENT
25,116,466
319.00
PROGRAM: FOREST AND RESOURCE PROTECTION
FLORIDA FOREST SERVICE
141,576,345
1,180.00
PROGRAM: OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER AND ADMINISTRATION
AGRICULTURAL LAW ENFORCEMENT
26,842,176
302.00
AGRICULTURAL WATER POLICY COORDINATION
46,197,591
59.00
DIVISION OF LICENSING
33,247,847
302.00
EXECUTIVE DIRECTION AND SUPPORT SERVICES
18,337,812
186.25
OFFICE OF ENERGY
2,602,853
14.00
TOTAL
1,752,015,810
3,740.25

Updates

Agriculture and COVID-19. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has created a website with COVID-19 related business, consumer, and other agricultural information, COVID-19 Information. The site includes information on federal aid to businesses, and resources for consumers and agricultural producers. 

Hemp Labeling Requirements and Restrictions. The 2020 Legislature enacted Chapter 2020-135, Laws of Florida, which amends the definition for the term "hemp extract" to clarify that it does not include synthetic CBD or seeds or seed-derived ingredients that are generally recognized as safe by the United States Food and Drug Administration. The bill also removes from the label the statement that the product does not contain more than 0.3 percent THC on a dry-weight basis, and provides that hemp extract sold or distributed in the state in violation of the hemp labeling requirements is considered adulterated or misbranded. Additionally, the bill prohibits the sale of products that contain hemp extract intended for inhalation to persons under 21 years of age. 

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

2019 State Agriculture Overview Florida, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
2017-2018 Annual Report, FDACS Division of Fruit and Vegetables.

A complete list of Auditor General reports is 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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