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Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) is an executive department of the government of Florida.

Department of Agriculture
and Consumer Services
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Department overview
Preceding agencies
  • Florida Commissioner of Immigration
  • Florida Commissioner of Lands and Immigration
JurisdictionGovernment of Florida
HeadquartersThe Capitol
Tallahassee, Florida
Department executive
Child agencies
  • Div. of Administration
    Div. of AES
  • Div. of Animal Industry
    Div. of Aquaculture
  • Div. of Consumer Services
    Div. of Dairy Industry
    Div. of Food Safety
  • Florida Forest Service
  • Div. of Licensing
    Div. of Marketing and Development
  • Div. of Plant Industry
    Div. of Standards

The Commissioner of Agriculture (directly elected by voters statewide for a four-year term, and a member of the Florida Cabinet) is the head of the department. The current commissioner is Nikki Fried.[1]



FDACS Florida Forest Service manages Florida's 35 State Forests, including Lake George State Forest in Volusia County.[2]

The Florida Constitution of 1868 provided for the creation of the Office of Commissioner of Immigration, whose duties consisted of attracting settlers to engage in agriculture. The Florida Constitution was amended in 1871 to consolidate the offices of Surveyor General and Commissioner of Immigration as the new Commissioner of Lands and Immigration. In 1885, the Constitution was revised and the Commissioner of Lands and Immigration post was renamed Commissioner of Agriculture. The duties of the Commissioner of Agriculture were revised to include supervision of the state prisons. (A Division of Corrections was created in 1957 and state prisons were removed from the list of Commissioner of Agriculture responsibilities).

Florida scales used in trade, as this hospital cafeteria checkout scale in Port Charlotte, are inspected for accuracy by the Division of Standards' Bureau of Weights and Measures.

The Agricultural Services Reorganization Act (ASRA) was passed in 1959 and became effective January 15, 1961. This state law abolished some independent boards and bureaus, which were assigned to the Department of Agriculture's divisions. These included: Administration, Animal Industry, Dairy Industry, Fruit and Vegetable Inspection, Marketing, Plant Industry, Inspection and Standards. The State Chemist, a position that existed since 1891, was moved to the new Division of Chemistry.

The Legislature created the Office of Consumer Services in 1967. The Executive Reorganization Act of 1969 renamed the Office of Consumer Services the Division of Consumer Services and the Board of Forestry the Division of Forestry. The Department of Agriculture was renamed the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS).

The 1992 Legislature passed Chapter 92-291 of the Laws of Florida, which formally organized the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services into the following divisions: Administration, Agricultural Environmental Services (AES), Animal Industry, Plant Industry, Marketing and Development, Dairy Industry, Food Safety, Fruit and Vegetables, Consumer Services, Forestry, Standards, Aquaculture, and Licensing.[3]

In addition to the above divisions, the FDACS includes separate offices for Agricultural Law Enforcement, Agricultural Water Policy, Agricultural Emergency Preparedness, the Inspector General, as well as for the Commissioner of Agriculture.[4]

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services building in Tallahassee.


A petroleum inspector visiting a Mobil station in Port Charlotte

The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is headed by the Commissioner, who is elected statewide to a four-year term. The Commissioner is assisted in managing the Department by a Chief of Staff, three Deputy Commissioners and one Assistant Deputy Commissioner. The Department is organizated into twelve programmatic Divisions and one support Division, each headed by a Division Director. Each Division is subdivided into Bureaus, with each headed by a Bureau Chief. The Bureaus are further subdivided into Sections.

  • Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services
    • Chief of Staff
      • Office of the Commissioner
        • Office of Agricultural Emergency Preparedness
        • Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement
        • Office of Agricultural Water Policy
        • Office of Cabinet Affairs
        • Office of Federal-State Relations
        • Office of Legislative Affairs
        • Office of Policy and Budget
        • Office of Public Information
        • Administration Division
          • Information Technology Bureau
          • Finance and Accounting Bureau
          • General Services Bureau
          • Personnel Management Bureau
          • Training and Development Section
      • Deputy Commissioner
        • Plant Industry Division
          • Bureau of Citrus Budwood Registration
          • Bureau of Entomology, Nematology and Plant Pathology (and Botany)
          • Bureau of Methods Development and Biological Control
          • Bureau of Plant and Apiary Inspection
          • Bureau of Pest Eradication and Control
        • Fruit and Vegetables Division
          • Inspection Bureau
          • Technical Control Bureau
        • Marketing and Development Division
          • Development and Information Bureau
          • Agricultural Dealer’s Licenses Bureau
          • Food Distribution Bureau
          • State Farmers’ Market Bureau
          • Seafood and Aquaculture Marketing Bureau
          • Education and Communication Bureau
          • Agricultural Statistics Service Bureau
      • Deputy Commissioner
        • Forestry Division
          • Field Operations Bureau
          • Forest Management Bureau
          • Forest Protection Bureau
          • Forest Resources and Support Bureau
        • Animal Industry Division
          • Disease Control Bureau
          • Diagnostic Laboratories Bureau
        • Standards Division
          • Fair Rides Inspection Bureau
          • Liquefied Petroleum Gas Inspection Bureau
          • Petroleum Inspection Bureau
          • Weights and Measures Bureau
      • Deputy Commissioner
        • Dairy Division
          • Diary Inspection Bureau
          • Dairy Compliance Monitoring Bureau
        • Agricultural Environmental Sciences Division
          • Agricultural Environmental Laboratories Bureau
          • Pesticides Bureau
          • Entomology and Pest Control Bureau
          • Compliance Monitoring Bureau
        • Food Safety Division
          • Food and Meat Inspection Bureau
          • Food Laboratories Bureau
          • Chemical Residue Laboratories Bureau
      • Assistant Deputy Commissioner
        • Aquaculture Division
        • Consumer Services Division
          • Compliance Bureau
          • Mediation and Enforcement Bureau
          • Investigations Bureau
          • Consumer Assistance Bureau
      • Licensing Division
        • License Issuance Bureau
        • Regulation and Enforcement Bureau
        • Support Services Bureau
        • Surveyors and Mappers
    • Office of the General Counsel
    • Office of the Inspector General

Discrimination policyEdit

In January 2019, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (in the past was called the Florida Agricultural Commission) explicitly added sexual orientation and gender identity to their discrimination workplace policy.[5][6]


  1. ^ "Department Home". Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Retrieved 2011-01-04.
  2. ^ "State Forests in Florida". Florida Division of Forestry. Retrieved April 8, 2010.
  3. ^ Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: About the Division-History
  4. ^ "Select a Division". Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Retrieved April 8, 2010.
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ [2]

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