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On so-called funding cuts, Adam Putnam doth protest too much

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Short take: Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is shocked — shocked — that the House flatlined funding for his department’s Rural and Family Lands Protection Program. He also was gobsmacked over what he called a “political assault” on Fresh From Florida. “Gutting the Fresh From Florida program will hurt Florida’s small farms the most, their ability to raise awareness for the high quality of their locally grown products and compete against lesser quality products from foreign countries,” Putnam said in a statement. And “zeroing…

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Making your Super Bowl party a touchdown with ‘Fresh From Florida’ recipes

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On Super Bowl Sunday, fans can beat the spread – of waistlines – with healthy and flavorful recipes and a touch(down) of Florida freshness. For a fun and healthy Super Bowl Sunday, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is offering four quick and easy meals and snacks to prepare just before kickoff. Each dish features delicious seafood, fresh fruits and vegetables produced here in the Sunshine State. Many of the products come with the “Fresh From Florida” label available at local grocery…

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No fries: Florida wants students to whip up healthy dishes

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Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is looking for the state’s best student chef. Putnam wants high school students around the state to enter the “Fresh from Florida Student Chef Cook-Off.” The deadline is Feb. 2. Putnam says the goal is to encourage children to prepare healthy meals. The contest rules require students to create an original recipe that includes one fresh fruit or vegetable grown in the state. Finalists will be chosen to compete in five regional cook-offs which will…

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Adam Putnam: Your Thanksgiving meal began on a farm

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Picking up ingredients for your family’s favorite Thanksgiving dishes locally can be so easy that we sometimes take for granted our ranchers’ and farmers’ hard work to provide the food we all rely on. Agriculture has been and will continue to be the cornerstone of society — it is the industry that provides for one of our most basic needs. Some elements of agriculture have remained unchanged over centuries while others have changed radically with scientific and technological advancements. Agriculture…

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New “Fresh From Florida” ad campaign launches today

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Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam announced a new advertising campaign starting Monday that will feature Florida produce and seafood in recipes that are quick, easy and nutritious. A multimedia marketing campaign will include television commercials, digital spots, outdoor billboards and grocery cart advertising to promote the state’s “Fresh from Florida” brand. “Florida is blessed to produce some of the best fruits, vegetables and seafood in the world,” Putnam said in a statement. “This advertising campaign shows that there are so many…

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Adam Putnam announces top 5 “Fresh from Florida” Christmas recipes

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Christmas is only days away, and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam has collaborated with “international culinary ambassador” Justin Timineri to develop five Florida-themed Christmas recipes. Every year, Putnam’s office offers a list of “Fresh From Florida” recipes for families planning meals and celebrations, each of which can be easily incorporated into holiday traditions. The entrées and side dishes feature products grown and harvested in the Sunshine State, with ingredients that have the “Fresh From Florida” label at local grocery stores. In…

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Adam Putnam offers six “Fresh From Florida” recipes to kickoff college football

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As college football kicks off this week, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putman says the best way to celebrate the big games are with fun, healthy and simple “Fresh From Florida” dishes. Putnam’s office released several winning recipes for tailgating and watch parties, each featuring “in season” seafood, fresh fruits and vegetables with the “Fresh From Florida” label available at grocers statewide. “No matter what team you’re rooting for this college football season, there’s no better way to enjoy the game than…

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