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Agriculture Publications Selection List

Numerous agricultural publications are available from the Florida Department of Agriculture which deal with educational, regulatory and promotional issues.

These publications include recipe brochures, licensing information pamphlets, marketing assistance materials, health and nutrition brochures, and much more.

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General Agriculture Publications

Florida Market Bulletin

A popular feature of this monthly agricultural newspaper is the classified advertising section, which helps bring together buyers and sellers of agricultural products. Also included is a calendar of agricultural events, news and information about the states agriculture community, and recipes.



Florida Agriculture Brochure


This brochure provides a snapshot of Florida agriculture including information about the leading farm crops, phosphate, seafood, citrus, horticulture, timber and exports.
 


FDACS Annual Report


The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services touches the lives of Floridians in countless ways large and small, dramatic and subtle every day.   This report, published each fiscal year, provides an overview of the Departments activities in areas such as: supporting Florida agriculture; promoting Florida agricultural products; ensuring a safe and wholesome food supply; conserving the natural environment; safeguarding consumers; and emergency response.



Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Awards

This brochure highlights the environmental practices of the Florida agricultural operations that received the Commissioners Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award this year. This award has been presented annually since 1995 to agricultural businesses or individuals that demonstrate progressive environmental practices. Videos are also available.
 



Woman of the Year in Agriculture

The “Woman of the Year in Agriculture” award recognizes women who have made outstanding contributions to Florida agriculture. The award ceremony is held every February during the opening-day luncheon at the Florida State Fair in Tampa. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has sponsored this prestigious award since 1985. These brochures highlight the achievements of the most recent winners of the award.
 



Florida’s Future Begins With YOUth!

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is helping Florida 4-H recruit adult volunteers to assist local club leaders with youth-oriented programs. 4-H is a "learn-by-doing" educational program for youth ages 5-18 that promotes positive values, social responsibility and lifelong learning. Adult volunteers are the foundation of 4-H, which engages youth in all aspects of learning and development as a whole person. Florida 4-H conducts a variety of youth-oriented programs in cities and suburbs as well as in rural and farming areas. It encompasses a wide range of projects to include the culturally diverse interests of youth all across Florida. Professional staff work with youth, adult volunteers and 4-H advisory committees to develop programs based on the specific needs of each Florida county. This 16-page brochure provides more information about Florida 4-H and how you can volunteer to assist with local programs.
 



Florida Forests Forever

Nearly half of Florida is covered by trees. Floridas forests improve our environment, provide material for nearly 5,000 different products, and offer recreational opportunities. Its important to take care of the forests through forest management in order to balance the needs of society and the environment. This brochure provides information about the many benefits and economic impact of Floridas forests.
 


Florida Agricultural Fast Facts Directory

This 168-page directory, published by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provides a statistical examination of Florida’s food, fiber and forestry industries. The directory combines information that previously was printed in various separate publications. In addition to agricultural statistics and specialized data, the directory contains price histories and production levels of various commodities, a listing of agricultural groups and associations in Florida, agricultural news stories, and a listing of publications and producer assistance services offered by the Department.

 


Fairs and Livestock Expositions

This brochure provides names, dates, contacts, addresses, and phone numbers for fairs and livestock expositions throughout Florida. Please note that this publication is published every August, with show dates running from September through April.


 
Agricultural Licensing Publications

The Agriculture License and Bond Law

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Bureau of License and Bond, is charged with the administration and enforcement of the Agriculture License and Bond Law and the rules promulgated under it. A copy of the statute and rules is available.

 


Florida Agriculture in the Marketplace


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 trade practices and defaults. The perishable nature of agricultural products and the methods by which they move through the marketing channels make such protection essential to the agricultural industry in this state. 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. This brochure explains products covered, who must comply, who is exempt, license required, how to apply, fees, and responsibilities.
 


Florida Horticulture in the Marketplace


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 trade practices and defaults. The perishable nature of agricultural products and the methods by which they move through the marketing channels make such protection essential to the agricultural industry in this state. 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. This brochure explains products covered, who must comply, who is exempt, license required, how to apply, fees, and responsibilities.


 
Agricultural Marketing Assistance Publications

Florida Agricultural Promotional Campaign Directory

The “Fresh from Florida” FAPC Directory is published annually and lists members of the Florida Agricultural Promotional Campaign. This directory lists FAPC members by various categories: retail members, non-retail members, allied members, brokers members, food service members, packer-shipper members, and seafood wholesalers. Also included is information about the FAPC campaign, how to join, promotional items, publications, and news features about Florida agriculture.


The Rising Popularity of Kosher Foods

The market for kosher foods is growing rapidly as more consumer choose kosher foods for a variety of personal reasons. There are already more than 450 companies in Florida that produce or sell kosher foods. The "Kosher from Florida" logo identification program, endorsed by the Rabbinical Association of Greater Miami, not only makes it easier for consumers to find the products they want, it also benefits Florida's food producers. Products that are produced in Florida and have been certified as kosher by a nationally recognized kashruth certifying organization are eligible to bear the "Kosher from Florida" logo.
 


How To Organize a Farmers' Market

A farmers market is a direct marketing outlet, a place where farmers come together to sell produce directly to the consumer. Most markets not only have fresh fruits and vegetables, but also include fish, poultry, dairy and meats. These markets provide farmers a profitable way of selling crops by cutting out the intermediary. If you are interested in starting a farmers market, this booklet provides basic information on how to get started, issues to consider, suggestions on how to conduct site and market research, and tips for running a farmers market.


The Florida Horse Industry

Florida’s highly diverse horse industry supports a variety of activities throughout the state. It combines the primarily rural activities of breeding, raising and training horses with the more urban activities of operating racetracks, off-track betting parlors, horse shows, polo, rodeos and other equine recreational pursuits. There are nearly 300,000 horses in Florida, with more than 70 percent involved in showing and recreation. Ocala/Marion County has more horses than any other county in the nation. Florida provides an outstanding agriculture and business climate for breeding and training horses.
 


Florida Agricultural Promotional Campaign (FAPC) Recruitment Brochure

The Florida Agricultural Promotional Campaign, better known as "Fresh from Florida," is an identification and promotional program designed to increase sales of Florida agricultural products by helping consumers easily identify Florida-grown products at retail stores.  Those participating in the program are authorized to use the distinctive "Fresh from Florida" logo on products, packaging and promotional items.  This brochure explains the benefits of the program and how to join.
 


China Forestry Trade Mission: A Path for Florida Timber

This full-color, 52-page booklet is designed for those in the Florida timber industry. It presents marketing and distribution information obtained by a Florida trade delegation in May 2002 during its visit to the People's Republic of China to explore opportunities for exporting Florida wood products. Florida's forests generate nearly $9 billion for the state's economy and inject nearly $1.3 billion annually in payroll receipts. There are more than 1,000 wood and paper product manufacturing sites in Florida. The forest products industry employs over 60,000 Floridians, and forest products manufacturers support another 72,000 jobs.
 


Nopalitos Marketing Report

Nopalitos, the leaf pads of a cactus plant once they are cut up and prepared for eating, is a popular food item among certain ethnic groups. This report presents information about nopalitos, as well as the findings from a study conducted by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services regarding the preferences of Hispanic consumers. Findings, methodology, demographic shifts, taste and packaging preferences are included to assist nopalitos producers and marketers in reaching Hispanic consumers.
 


Perennial Peanut

Perennial Peanut is a tropical forage legume which can be grazed or fed to horses, dairy and beef cattle, hogs, goats, sheep and rabbits. It can be stored as dry hay or silage and is a substitute for alfalfa. The Perennial Peanut Producers Association was formed to encourage the expansion of perennial peanut production, marketing channels and production technology. The principal goals are to establish and maintain communications between Association members for the purpose of sharing technical and marketing information. Members of the Association exchange planting material and equipment, set quality standards for the crop, and create greater marketing opportunities. This brochure provides information about perennial peanut and the association.
 


Florida Livestock Export Directory (in English)

This directory includes contact information for Florida businesses engaged in the sale and export of livestock, including cattle exporters, horse exporters, goat exporters, embryo and semen exporters, brokers, freight forwarders, air cargo shippers, ocean carriers, horse associations and cattle associations.
 


Guía de Exportación de la Industria Ganadera de la Florida (En Español)

Este directorio contiene una lista de contactos de negocios dedicados a la venta y exportaciòn de la ganadería, incluyendo exportadores de ganado, exportadores de caballos, exportadores de cabras, exportadores de embriones y semen, agentes, empresas de transporte marítimo y transporte aéreo, asociaciones equinas y asociaciones ganaderas.

 

Food Distribution Publications

Food Recovery Resource Guide


Floridas Food Recovery Program is operated in cooperation with the states farmers, non-profit organizations and food relief agencies. Prospective and bona fide charitable or non-profit organizations that provide food for the needy or collect and transport food to such organizations, are required to make every reasonable effort to contact each other in order to provide for the collection and distribution of any surplus or excess canned or perishable food. This booklet lists organizations that have indicated an interest in the Food Recovery Program and the types of foods they have the capability to recover.
 


WIC/Farmers Market Nutrition Program

The Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) provides WIC participants with coupons that can be used to purchase locally grown fresh Florida fruits and vegetables. This produce can be purchased only at authorized farmers markets only from April 1 to July 31. This brochure explains the program and how to use the coupons.
 


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