Adam Putnam is Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture. In this role, he oversees the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and serves as a member of the Cabinet, alongside the Governor, Attorney General and Chief Financial Officer.
As Commissioner of Agriculture, Adam is focused on fostering economic prosperity, increasing access to locally grown products, honoring our nation's veterans and addressing the challenges that face the state’s water supply.
Adam has opened new markets for Florida’s 300 commodities both at home and abroad through advertising, retail partnerships and international outreach. As a result of his efforts, Florida agriculture is stronger than ever. Since 2011, exports of Florida agricultural products have grown by nearly $1 billion, a 30 percent increase. In the last three years, the growth of Florida agriculture created 25,000 new jobs and yielded an additional $88 million in indirect tax revenues.
Recognizing the impact of nutrition on students’ academic performance, Adam has worked to improve the nutritional value of school meals. He connected schools with local farms so they could access fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables at affordable prices.
Adam has worked with the Florida Legislature to develop and implement policies toward securing a stable, reliable and diverse supply of energy. His proposals have expanded production of energy and increased efficiency of energy use, resulting in economic growth and new jobs for Floridians.
In 2011, Adam established Operation Outdoor Freedom, which provides wounded veterans with unique opportunities for recreation and rehabilitation on state forests, private ranches and other lands. Hundreds of disabled veterans have participated in hunting, fishing and other activities since the program began. For some of these heroes, it was the first time they were able to enjoy the outdoors since returning home from duty.
Adam condemned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) burdensome regulations on Florida’s water resources, which would have cost Floridians billions to implement and yielded little, if any, positive measurable impact on the health of Florida’s waters. Instead, Adam insisted Florida should manage the health of its own waters, and the EPA eventually withdrew its unnecessary regulations.
Prior to being elected Commissioner of Agriculture in 2010, Adam served ten years as a U.S. Congressman, representing the 12th district of Florida. Known as a strong, conservative voice, Adam was elected by his peers to represent all Republican members of the House of Representatives as Chairman of the House Republican Conference, the third highest ranking position in Congress and the highest level position held by any Floridian in Congress. In this role, he championed legislation that would promote American prosperity by reducing taxes and growing businesses.
Before joining Congress, Adam served as member of the Florida House of Representatives, first elected at the age of 22. Adam was appointed Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, where he provided leadership on the many issues facing Florida’s dynamic agriculture industry, including property rights, water and the Everglades.
Though Adam has held various titles during his career, his friends and family know Adam as a Floridian first. His knowledge of and love for the state of Florida explain why he has dedicated his life to public service.
Adam is a fifth generation cattle rancher and citrus grower from Polk County. He is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Food and Resource Economics.
Adam considers his most important titles to be husband and father. He and his wife, Melissa, have four children and live in Bartow.