Commissioner Adam H. Putnam

Florida Agriculture: 500 Years in the Making

Agricultural Commerce, Business Development and Marketing

Agricultural Marketing Orders

Agricultural producers depend on scientific research and marketing programs, but small producers cannot afford to operate these programs individually. They may organize and vote to contribute to a fund used to contract for such services. A Marketing Order establishes a self-imposed assessment or fee to be used for industry activities, such as advertising, expanding markets, researching growing techniques, regulating product quality and grades, etc.

Groups wishing to establish a Marketing Order must submit the proposal to the Commissioner, hold public hearings, and conduct a referendum. If passed, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services enforces the Marketing Order and an Advisory Council, appointed by the Commissioner and representing producers, recommends how the money should be spent.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs About Agricultural Marketing Orders

Florida Laws

Contact Us About Agricultural Marketing Orders

Division of Marketing and Development
Bureau of Development and Information
The Mayo Building
407 South Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0800

Tom Thomas
(850) 617-7330
(850) 617-7331 Fax

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