Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services

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Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
Term limits:  2 consecutive terms
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Florida Constitution, Article IV, Section 4
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Adam Putnam
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 4, 2011
Compensation:  $128,972
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
Other Florida Executive Offices
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The Florida Commissioner of Agriculture And Consumer Services is a state executive position in the Florida state government. The commissioner is a cabinet-level officer who oversees the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the state agency that regulates and promotes the Florida agriculture industry. The commissioner is popularly elected to four year terms during federal midterm election years (2006, 2010, 2014, etc.).

Current officeholder

The current commissioner is Adam Putnam, a Republican, who was first elected in the November 2, 2010 general elections and officially took office on January 4, 2011. Putnam will face re-election, if he chooses to run, in 2014.

Before becoming commissioner, Putnam was a five-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Florida's 12th District from 2001-2010. During his time in the House, he served as chairman of the House Republican Conference and sat on the House Committees on Government Reform, Rules, Agriculture and Financial Services. Before his time in Congress, Putnam served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1996-2001. He holds a B.A. from the University of Florida in food and resource economics.[1][2]

Putnam and his wife, Melissa, have four children and reside in Putnam's hometown of Bartow, FL. He is an Episcopalian.


The office of commissioner of agriculture is established by the Florida Constitution.

Florida Constitution, Article IV, Section 4

(a) There shall be a cabinet composed of an attorney general, a chief financial officer, and a commissioner of agriculture.


(d) The commissioner of agriculture shall have supervision of matters pertaining to agriculture except as otherwise provided by law.


There are no particular qualifications required of commissioners of agriculture.


The commissioner of agriculture and consumer services, per Article IV, Section 5 of the Florida Constitution, is elected to four year terms during federal midterm election years (2006, 2010, 2014, etc.). Winning candidates take office on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in January in the year following their election.

Term limits

Like all members of the state cabinet, including the governor and attorney general, the commissioner is limited to two consecutive terms. After remaining out of office for one term, a former commissioner may once again run for his old office.


The governor fills vacancies in the office of commissioner by appointment. If there are less than 28 months remaining in the current term, the appointee holds office for the remainder of the term. Otherwise, a new permanent officeholder is chosen in the next general election the appointee's term lasts until the first Tuesday after the first Monday following that election. Details of vacancy appointments are laid out in Article IV, Section 1 of the Florida Constitution.


The commissioner heads the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, an agglomeration of 13 divisions and 5 offices involved in the regulation and promotion of Florida's agriculture and consumer services industries. FDACS agencies establish rules for the state's animal, aquaculture, forestry, and produce industries, license producers, provide marketing support for the state's agribusinesses, and oversee emergency preparedness and law enforcement efforts covering the agriculture industry.

In addition to its agricultural duties, the department regulates various consumer services businesses, including motor vehicle repair shops, charitable organizations, dance studios, pawnshops, telemarketers, and several others.



  • Administration
  • Agricultural Environmental Services
  • Animal Industry
  • Aquaculture
  • Consumer Services
  • Food Safety
  • Forestry
  • Fruit and Vegetables
  • Licensing
  • Marketing and Development
  • Plant Industry
  • Standards


  • Agricultural Emergency Preparedness
  • Agricultural Law Enforcement
  • Agricultural Water Policy
  • Office of Energy
  • Office of Inspector General


In 2010, the commissioner received compensation in the amount of $128,972.

Contact info

Mailing Address:
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
The Capitol
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Phone: (850) 488-3022

See also

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