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What is the Role of Florida's Agriculture Commissioner?

Election day is around the corner!

It’s time to vote for the next Florida Agriculture Commissioner.

What do they do? What role do they play in Florida’s government?

An agriculture commissioner is a state executive position and a member of Florida’s cabinet. The commissioner serves a four-year term and can only serve twice.

Right now — that person is Adam Putnam. Before him was Charles H. Bronson who served for 10 years.

Putnam is the head of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

The Department does multiple things including:

  • Protecting livestock and crop plants from pests and diseases
  • Making sire food is safe for you to eat by testing for toxins and pesticide residues
  • Keeping you safe from unlawful business practices

The department has a lot of tasks, and the commissioner is in charge of making sure everything runs smoothly.

Find a full breakdown of the 2018-2019 budget for agriculture and consumer services here .