The Florida License and Bond Law is intended to facilitate the marketing of Florida agricultural products by encouraging a better understanding between buyers and sellers and by providing a marketplace that is relatively free of unfair trading practices and defaults.
The purpose of the law is to help assure that the producers of products covered by the law receive proper accounting and payment for their products.
Who must comply with the law?
Any person, unless specifically exempt, who is engaged within the state in the business of buying, receiving, soliciting, handling, or negotiating agricultural products from or for Florida producers, or their agents, must be licensed and bonded. Producers who buy or handle agricultural products from other producers or their agents for resale must also comply.
In order to secure a license, one must:
- File a properly completed application
- Pay the required license fee
- Post an adequate surety bond or certificate of deposit
Any producer or producer's agent who feels he has been damaged by a dealer's failure to make proper accounting or payment for agricultural products may file a complaint. Complaints must be filed within six months of the sale or delivery of the agricultural product. There is a minimum claim of $250 for complaints filed under the License and Bond Law.
For more information
Call 850-488-4101, or write:
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Bureau of License and Bond
407 South Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-6555