Florida Commissioner of Agriculture

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Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services of Florida
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Adam Putnam.jpg
Incumbent
Adam Putnam

since January 4, 2011
Term length Four years, renewable once
Website www.doacs.state.fl.us/

The Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services is the head of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). The position is elected by voters statewide and is one of four members in the Florida Cabinet. The eleventh[1] and current commissioner is Adam Putnam, who took office on January 4, 2011.

The commissioner serves a four-year term, and is limited to two consecutive terms.[2] Although the department is largely referred to by agriculture portion of name, the vast majority of FDACS is dedicated to consumer regulation and the protection of goods to market.

History[edit]

The Florida Constitution of 1868 created the Commissioner of Immigration, whose job was to encourage farmers to settle in Florida. An 1871 amendment created a Commissioner of Lands and Immigration while eliminating the Surveyor General.[3]

The Commissioner of Lands and Immigration became the Commissioner of Agriculture when the Florida Constitution was revised in 1885. The newly renamed post also included supervison of state prisons until the Division of Corrections was established in 1957.[3]

The Agricultural Services Reorganization Act was passed in 1959 and took effect in 1961. It eliminated a number of independent bureaus and boards while transferring their duties and responsibilities to divisions under the Commissioner of Agriculture. The resulting divisions included Administration, Animal Industry, Chemistry, Dairy Industry, Fruit and Vegetable Inspection, Inspection and Standards, Marketing, and Plant Industry.[3]

The Office of Consumer Services was established by the legislature in 1967 under the purview of the Commissioner of Agriculture. Two years later, it was renamed the Division of Consumer Services under the Executive Reorganization Act of 1969. The department officially became the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the 1927 Board of Forestry moved to the FDACS as the Division of Forestry. The FDACS was reorganized again in 1992 along 13 functional divisions.[3]

Below is a list of past officeholders:[4]

Picture Commissioner Term Started Term Ended Notes
Lucius B. Wombwell December 31, 1888 December 28, 1900
Benjamin E. McLin January 9, 1901 February 5, 1912
John Christian Luning.jpg J.C. Luning February 5, 1912 February 19, 1912[5] Served for a total of 14 days.[5] Previously served as the Mayor of Leesburg, Florida, then as a Lake County, Florida County Commission before being appointed Commissioner.[6] Also served as State Treasurer from February 19, 1912 - September 28, 1928
WilliamAllenMcRae.jpg William Allen McRae February 5, 1912 November 1, 1923
Nathan Mayo.jpg Nathan Mayo November 1, 1923 April 18, 1960 Died while in office shortly before his scheduled retirement
LeeThompson.jpg Lee Thompson April 18, 1960 January 3, 1961 ad interim
Doyle Conner.jpg Doyle Conner January 3, 1961 January 8, 1991
RobertBCrawford.jpg Robert B. Crawford January 8, 1991 January 30, 2001
TerryLRhodes.jpg Terry Lee Rhodes January 30, 2001 May 14, 2001 Interim, first female Commissioner, career civil servant prior to appointment
Charles H. Bronson.jpg Charles H. Bronson May 14, 2001 January 3, 2011 Appointed by Governor Jeb Bush in 2001, elected in 2002, and reelected in 2006.
Adam Putnam.jpg Adam Putnam January 3, 2011 Present

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External links[edit]

Official website