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Florida’s top agriculture official wants more funding to fight wildfires. Firefighters worked hard to control this year’s burns, before heavy rainfall cut the season short. But winter weather conditions could fuel more fires in 2018. 

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Are Florida's beaches and stormwater systems up to the test in the face of perhaps more - and more intense - hurricanes because of global warming? 

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Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, the leading Republican candidate for governor, said Tuesday that Americans don't need to fight about Confederate statues and should instead focus on fighting the country's 21st century enemies.

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is warning drivers about credit card skimmers at the pump.

 

Skimmers often cover right over the slot where drivers enter their card to pay for gas, skimming information off the card and sometimes even the PIN.  The state has found and removed 276 skimmers so far this year. Florida Retail Association spokesman James Miller said a growing population and the large number of tourists make the state ripe for skimming.

 

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He's not running for governor yet - at least not officially - but Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine is sure sounding like one. He spoke Friday afternoon at the Tampa Tiger Bay Club, where he called himself a "radical centrist."

Levine acknowledges he'd have a tough time in Florida's closed primaries, which usually favor candidates who lean further to the left or right. The multimillionaire Miami Beach businessman says he might just run as an Independent.

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam says it’s frustrating that lawmakers couldn’t agree on how to implement medical marijuana. It’s up to the state department of health to figure out the rules for medical marijuana use after voters approved a constitutional amendment.

Putnam says he would prefer lawmakers to sort out the rules.

The war chest for Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam continues to swell as the leading GOP contender for governor wraps up his official first week of campaigning.

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State Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam stood on the steps of the old Polk County Courthouse in Bartow Wednesday, and in front of a giant flag of Florida and cratefuls of oranges, announced he's running for governor.

When Adam Putnam walks into the Curly Tails Barbecue in Bartow, he knows half the people inside and orders his favorite dish, a Barn Salad — which amounts to a mound of shredded meat on top of some vegetables. This is his hometown, and where he feels most comfortable.

Gwen Graham Launches Campaign For Governor

May 2, 2017

Former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham entered the 2018 governor's race on Tuesday, joining a field of Democrats who hope to reclaim an office their party hasn't held in nearly two decades.

"We do not have time for typical politics because this is the time to paint Florida's future in sharp lines and bold colors,” Graham said, making her announcement in a Miami Gardens park next to Miami Carol City Senior High School.

Republican Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is running for Florida governor.

Putnam filed his paperwork on Monday to seek the seat being vacated by Republican Gov. Rick Scott due to term limits.

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, widely considered a GOP gubernatorial frontrunner, is warning Florida lawmakers not to scale back marketing efforts.

State officials are warning Floridians about scams during tax season.

Florida Officials Warn Of Increased Wildfire Risk

Jun 6, 2016

Recent thunderstorms have caused wildfires to break out in coastal areas of Florida. State officials are warning against habits that could lead to more massive blazes.

color:#333333">A central Florida lab can now test mosquitoes for the Zika virus.

color:#333333">County workers at Mosquito Control departments across the state can now send mosquitoes to the Bronson Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Kissimmee. Once there, the insects are tested for Zika and its viral cousins, Dengue and chickungunya. 


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State Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, an ardent supporter of Jeb Bush's run for the presidency, said he was profoundly disappointed that the former Florida governor ended his bid after a poor showing in Saturday's primary in South Carolina.

Putnam: Oriental Fruit Fly 'Successfully Eradicated'

Feb 15, 2016
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State Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam on Friday said his department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture "have successfully eradicated" a highly destructive type of insect found in August in Miami-Dade County.

Loose Ends Remain After USF Issues Report on Dozier

Jan 22, 2016
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University of South Florida researchers presented their final report on the Robert G. Dozier School for Boys to the state cabinet Thursday, and even though this closes one chapter in a lengthy saga, a number of loose ends remain.

Balance Billing Among Legislative Priorities For Cabinet

Jan 21, 2016

Citrus, rape kits, credit card skimmers, synthetic drugs, life insurance, water, medical bills, racketeering and Iran.

That is the short version of the legislative priorities for Florida's three independently elected Cabinet members. While they can't sponsor or vote on bills or sign them into law, the Cabinet members hold important leadership roles in state government and each is working with lawmakers to pass legislation.

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Concealed handgun permits held by residents of Florida and 24 other states will no longer be valid in the state of Virginia, prompting criticism from GOP lawmakers, including Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

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