Funding Will Help Protect State’s $108 Billion Agriculture Industry from Invasive Species

Tallahassee, FL – The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services today announced the state will receive $5.4 million in federal funding through the federal Farm Bill to help eradicate pests and control diseases that affect the state’s $108 billion agriculture industry. “Pests and diseases are significant threats to Florida agriculture,” said Florida Commissioner of…


House Regulatory Affairs Committee Approves Legislation to Protect Consumers From Deceptive and Misleading Charities

Wounded Warrior Project Endorses Measure to Strengthen Florida’s Network of Reputable Charities Tallahassee, FL – The House Regulatory Affairs Committee today unanimously passed a bill proposed by Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam to protect consumers from fraudulent and deceptive charity activities. “Our proposal will help prevent fraudulent and deceptive organizations from preying on generous…


House Subcommittee Passes Bill that Provides Funding to Support Florida’s Schools and Colleges

Bill Will Also Save Consumers Money on Purchases of Energy-Efficient Applianc Tallahassee, FL – The House Finance and Tax Subcommittee approved today a committee bill that will provide sustainable funding to support Florida’s education infrastructure and provide a tax-free weekend for consumers who purchase energy-efficient appliances. These priorities of Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam…


Florida Senate Unanimously Supports Commissioner Putnam’s Proposal to Protect Children From Identity Theft

Tallahassee, FL – The Florida Senate today unanimously passed the Keeping I.D. Safe (K.I.D.S.) Act, a priority of Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam to keep Florida’s children safe from identity theft. “Florida will become one of only a few states in the nation to protect our children from this growing threat,” said Commissioner Putnam….


K.I.D.S. Act Now Ready for Passage by Full House and Senate

Tallahassee, FL – The House Regulatory Affairs Committee today unanimously passed the Keeping I.D. Safe (K.I.D.S.) Act, a priority of Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam to keep Florida’s children safe from identity theft. “This state will become only the second in the country to offer protection to our children from the growing threat of identity…


A way to help Florida schools and Commerce

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam offers a practical way to generate desperately needed funds for school construction that merits the Legislature’s support. The proposal also includes a business tax cut aimed at making Florida more competitive. Putnam’s plan is to cut in half over three years the 7 percent tax on energy used by businesses….


Businesses Would Benefit From Proposed Bill Cutting Energy Taxes

LAKELAND | A new legislative bill would cut the amount of taxes Florida businesses spend on energy costs and contribute funds to the state’s education system. “Florida businesses pay more taxes on energy consumption than half of the other states in the southeast,” said Adam Putnam, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture, in a news release. “So…


Putnam Builds Support for Business Sales Tax Cuts

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is building support for a plan that would cut some sales taxes paid by businesses and pump money into public school construction. He outlined his proposal in a press conference Wednesday. Putnam wants to cut the 7 percent sales tax on energy paid by businesses by half, saving Florida businesses more…


Some Universities To Lose Money Under Revamped Performance System

Florida’s universities will be further pitted against one another under a revised funding model approved by the state university governing board. Florida’s public universities are rated based on criteria including graduation rates and tuition. These are just a few of the performance-based metrics the board of governors is looking to expand upon. Under a revised…


Putnam Says Florida Needs Statewide Water Policy

LAKELAND | Florida’s economy is improving faster than other states on several fronts, according to Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam. Putnam spoke Tuesday morning at a Community Leader Forum sponsored by GrayRobinson law firm. But lack of a statewide water policy and the threat of the greening disease to citrus could hamper that. “The…