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Florida Commissioner of Agriculture: Adam Putnam (R) / Scott Maddox (D)

Adam Putnam (R)

Cattle rancher, citrus grower, U.S. House of Representatives | Age: 36 | Married | Family: 4 children | Currently resides in Bartow, FL | Birthplace: Bartow, FL
Education/Degrees: University of Florida, Food and Resource Economics, B.S. | Community Involvement: Kiwanis, Christ Episcopal Church
P.O. Box 547, Bartow, FL 33831
Campaign Phone: (863) 578-5303
www.adamputnam.com
campaign@adamputnam.com




What changes, if any, would you propose for consumer protection?
To keep Florida competitive, we must foster a business-friendly environment, maintain a technologically competitive industry, expand beyond traditional crops, create clean, renewable, agriculture-based energy and aid consumers in securing a safe, affordable, abundant food supply.

What changes, if any, would you propose for consumer protection?
The Department of Agriculture works to protect Florida’s 18 million consumers from unfair and illegal business practices. As Commissioner, I will modernize systems to ensure an effective department that addresses specific protection, including food production and the do-not-call list.

What changes, if any, would you propose in pesticide and chemical regulation to protect Florida’s waterways and lands?
I support environmental policies that are based on sound science. As part of the oil spill recovery, I will seek funds from responsible parties to enhance detections of harmful chemicals in oysters and shellfish to ensure public safety and recovery of the waterfront industry.

There is a national trend fueling demand for locally grown food/produce that is readily available to consumers and chefs. This trend is further supported by the 150%increase in farmers’ markets since 1997.What actions, if any, will you take to support Florida agriculture's participation in this movement?

I will promote local farmers markets with initiatives, such as working to double the value of food stamps andWIC when used to purchase locally grown products, remove unnecessary barriers on small farmers, and expand access to fresh fruits and vegetables in food banks, schools and urban areas.

What steps, if any, will you take to expand the market for Florida’s agricultural products, either though assisting small scale local farmers or large producers and shippers of produce and food products abroad?
I will further utilize the Fresh From Florida campaign to connect local farmers and retail outlets. Additionally, I will fight for fair trade agreements to open new markets and increase export opportunities.

If elected, how do you plan to use your position to improve the lives of Florida’s citizens?
I will aggressively protect our 18 million consumers and $100 billion agriculture industry by addressing challenges, including clean water, childhood nutrition, renewable energy and consumer protection.
Scott Maddox (D)

Attorney | Age: 42 | Married to Sha Maddox since 1994 | Family: Jack, 14; Denver, 13 | Currently resides in Tallahassee, FL | Birthplace: Hialeah, FL | Education/Degrees: B.S., Political Science and Public Administration, Florida State University, 1989 J.D., Florida State College of Law, 1994, member of an award-winning Moot Court team| Community Involvement: I have served on several charitable boards and have been active in many community organization: Elder Care Services, Leon County Schools Foundation, March of Dimes, Big Brothers Big Sisters, UnitedWay of the Big Bend, Boys and Girls Town of North Florida, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Big Bend Deaf and Hard of Hearing Resource Center, Tallahassee Museum, Mary Brogan Museum, Girl Scout Troop 14, Capital City Jaycees, Masonic Lodges Blueprint 2000, Tourist Development Council, Tallahassee Convention and Visitors Bureau, Challenger Learning Center, Florida League of Cities, Sunshine State Governmental Financing Commission, Economic Development Council, Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, Tallahassee Prayer Breakfast, Faith Presbyterian Church
PO Box 1507, Tallahassee, FL 32302
Campaign Phone: (850) 222-6050
scottmaddox.com
scott@scottmaddox.com

What changes, if any, would you propose for consumer protection?
Agriculture is the #2 revenue generator for the citizens of the State of Florida. As your next Commissioner of Agriculture, I will work to protect and promote Florida agriculture both locally and statewide.We need a strong agriculture culture to stay economically viable and competitive.

What changes, if any, would you propose for consumer protection?
Agriculture Commissioners have traditionally come from big citrus and big cattle and have overlooked the consumer protection aspects of this position. Consumer services makes up 2/3 of the job description.When elected, I’ll use the full authority of my office to protect the people of Florida.

What changes, if any, would you propose in pesticide and chemical regulation to protect Florida’s waterways and lands?
We have amazing water resources in Florida.When elected, I will continue to advocate to protect our environment and look for ways to restore the Everglades and further reduce unintended pollution from our farms. I am the best qualified candidate to balance both agriculture and consumer needs.

There is a national trend fueling demand for locally grown food/produce that is readily available to consumers and chefs. This trend is further supported by the 150%increase in farmers’ markets since 1997.What actions, if any, will you take to support Florida agriculture's participation in this movement?
Florida is lucky to have such diverse agriculture. It is in the best interest of Florida’s communities and the health of our citizens that we adjust a portion of our marketing to highlight advantages of local markets, such as diversity, sustainability, wellness, and transportation cost.

What steps, if any, will you take to expand the market for Florida’s agricultural products, either though assisting small scale local farmers or large producers and shippers of produce and food products abroad?
Florida has one of the most fruitful and diverse agricultures in the world. Our products have international recognition: citrus and Apalachicola oysters are world-renowned for taste and safety. Stronger coordination of private and public entities will allow us to better promote our agriculture.

If elected, how do you plan to use your position to improve the lives of Florida’s citizens?
I will fight to protect small business owners, small farmers, and our state’s consumers. If you trust me with your vote, I will be your voice on the Florida Cabinet, fighting against special interests that have controlled our state for too long.
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