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Thanksgiving 2016, as brought to you by these Florida lobbyists and political organizations

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It’s time to talk turkey. And stuffing, pie and football. Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the winter holiday season; the first stop in a month of non-stop holiday parties and celebrations. It’s also a day for Americans to reflect on what they’re grateful for, something that is especially important in these tense times. But it’s also a day to gorge yourself on goodies, sneak a snack in between meals, and loosen your belts while watching the big game. And you…

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Orlando shooter was licensed as armed security guard in Florida

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Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, whose office also handles security guard licenses and concealed carry permits, says the Orlando shooter held security guard licenses that allowed him to carry firearms. Putnam spoke Monday to a group of reporters outside the state’s Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee. The commissioner said Omar Mateen of Fort Pierce had a “D” license to work as a private “security officer,” and a “G” license that allowed him “to bear a firearm” statewide, the department’s website explains. Mateen shot and…

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Darica Smith promoted to director of marketing in office of Ag Commissioner Adam Putnam

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The Florida Department Agriculture & Consumer Services announced today they are promoting longtime agency employee Darica Smith to the position of director of marketing. In a news release from Commissioner Adam Putnam, the department welcomed Smith to her new role. “During her time at the department, Darica has proven herself to be a strong leader with great vision,” said Putnam. “She has the skills and expertise necessary to continue to promote ‘Fresh From Florida’ products globally.” According to the release Smith has been…

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Ag Department says ‘Fresh From Florida’ products in more foreign stores than ever

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Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam made an announcement Tuesday morning that the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service’s well-known “Fresh From Florida” campaign is getting results. According to the announcement Florida-grown fruits and vegetables marketed through the state program now appear in 12,357 retail stores in 26 countries, with more than 4,000 of those stores lying outside the United States. “Florida’s hardworking farmers, growers, ranchers and fishermen produce some of the highest-quality products in the world,” Putnam said in an ebullient statement. Recently released…

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