Fried Rallies Support for Hemp Industry

Dan Florida, Hemp, Industry News Release

TALLAHASSEE (NSF) — Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried on Friday encouraged supporters of a new state hemp industry to tell Gov. Ron DeSantis to sign a bill that would lead to a regulatory framework for the crop. Fried said an envisioned hemp “revolution” needs the governor’s signature on the bill (SB 1020), which would create a hemp program within the Department …

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FDACS Update on Florida Hemp Plan

Dan Florida, Hemp, Industry News Release, Industry Videos-Promoting Agriculture

While awaiting the Governor’s signature on the state hemp program that was passed by the Legislature earlier this spring, Florida Agriculture Department officials are moving forward with the rule development process and other plans toward implementing the program. This recent video from the Department features Florida’s Director of Cannabis Holly Bell with an update on the hemp program and the …


Commissioner Nikki Fried Announces New Water Policy Director

Dan Environment, Florida, Industry News Release, Water

Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried announced her appointment of Christopher Pettit as Director of Agricultural Water Policy for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Speaking outside the South Florida Water Management District, Fried highlighted Pettit’s background in water resources management in Florida and beyond. A livestream of the press conference may be viewed here. “Addressing our state’s water issues was one of my …


Commissioner Nikki Fried Appoints Steven Hall as General Counsel

Dan Florida, General, Industry News Release

Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried on Friday announced that Steven Hall will serve as General Counsel for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Hall had previously served as Acting General Counsel under the previous administration, and will now lead the Department’s legal efforts as General Counsel. Hall first began with the Department as a law clerk in 2005 and became Deputy General Counsel in …


Florida Set to Receive Funds as USDA Awards $200 Million to Agriculture Organizations

Dan Citrus, Exports/Imports, Florida, Industry News Release, Trade

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a $200 million award to  57 organizations through the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program to help the nation’s agriculture community identify and access new export markets. The Florida Department of Citrus was one of the specified organizations and is set to receive $550,000 in funding to promote citrus in various new markets. Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried shared, “We’re thrilled the USDA has provided this opportunity …


Notice of Investigation and Product Withdrawal Related to Cattle Deaths

Dan Cattle, Florida, Georgia

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services this week received multiple reports related to acute deaths in cattle. These deaths are being investigated by both the Division of Agricultural Environmental Services and the Division of Animal Industry. Local law enforcement agencies and veterinarians have also been involved in the ongoing investigation.  While the specific cause has not yet been …

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Commissioner Nikki Fried Inaugurated as 12th Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Dan Florida, Industry News Release

Commissioner lays out a fresh agenda that will keep Florida growing Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried was inaugurated as Florida’s 12th Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services. As Commissioner, she will oversee a $1.8 billion department with nearly 4,000 employees, a $137 billion economic impact, and widespread responsibility for Florida’s food production and safety, consumer protection and licensing, and our state’s …

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Florida Forest Service Provides Safety Tips for Disposing of Christmas Trees

Dan Florida, Forestry

The Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, is encouraging Floridians to dispose of Christmas trees safely. Dry limbs and needles from discarded Christmas trees can be an ignition source for fire if not properly cleared away from homes and natural areas. One way to avoid this potential fire hazard is by recycling …


FDACS Winning Fight Against Destructive, Disease-Carrying Snail

Dan Environment, Florida, Industry News Release

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced that more than 168,000 Giant African Land Snails (GALS) have been eliminated in Florida since the invasive snail was discovered in Miami-Dade County in 2011. In addition, due to the success of the program, the department has decommissioned two additional core areas, two of the largest is the state, where snails were …


U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Surveys Florida Timber Damage with Department Representatives

Dan Florida, Forestry, Industry News Release

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and representatives from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Florida Forest Service, including State Forester Jim Karels, surveyed timber damage caused by Hurricane Michael and met with members of the timber industry. The Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, had over 500 personnel involved …