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With empty shelves in grocery stores becoming a common sight during the pandemic, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services issued an emergency order to increase the speed at which fresh eggs can be sold to consumers.

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Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried on Friday added sexual orientation and gender identity to workplace protections at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Fried, the lone Democrat to hold one of the state’s three Cabinet positions, is the first to add such protections to hiring rules that address race, religion and disability. 

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State officials have found a rare neurological disease in a six-year-old beef cow in Florida. 

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A 2012 internal investigation found that 48 Florida state employees made mistakes in issuing permits for concealed weapons, security guards and other similar licenses — in some cases not even looking at applications, according to records released this week to The Associated Press.

A Dozen Dogs Infected With Flu

Jun 1, 2017
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Health officials have now confirmed a dozen cases of H3N2 canine influenza in Florida, where they say the flu was spreading among animals at two dog shows.

Rossana Passaniti of the University of Florida said Wednesday that the dogs testing positive for the flu were either at a Perry, Georgia, dog show from May 19 to 21 or the DeLand dog show in Volusia County the next weekend — or were exposed to dogs that had been at those shows.

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Officials say they've found no evidence of screwworm in hundreds of pets examined for signs of the parasite killing endangered deer in the Florida Keys.

Safley Brings Focus On Child Hunger, Poverty To Food-Bank Post

Dec 23, 2015

The new chief of Florida's food banks, Robin Safley, is a former top state agriculture official who has led efforts to bolster nutrition programs for schoolchildren.

Lawmakers Seek To Legalize Industrial Hemp

Oct 20, 2015
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Two Democratic lawmakers have breathed new life into an effort to legalize hemp as an agricultural crop in Florida. Proponents of the program are pitching it as an economic boost to Florida.

The Ocheesee Creamery in the Florida Panhandle produces all-natural skim milk from grass-fed cows with absolutely nothing added, yet the state says they have to call it "imitation."