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Nikki Fried Offers Tips For Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week

“This tax season, scammers, thieves, and IRS imposters are hard at work trying to steal your money. As Florida’s consumer services watchdog, our department is here to help reduce your chances of tax identity theft by learning how to spot red flags,” Fried said on Monday.

New Hemp Rules Take Effect in Florida

Regulations on hemp extract used in food and dairy products and animal feed have been incorporated into existing FDACS programs, hemp food establishment permits are available, and the Department’s Food Safety Inspectors are ready to conduct inspections.

Florida Agriculture Department Offers Reminder of Crop Insurance Deadline at End of January

Growers are encouraged to contact their crop insurance agent as soon as possible for specific details about the 2020 crop year.

Florida Gun Sales, Concealed Carry Permits On The Rise After Recent Mass Shootings

The National Shooting Sports Foundation reported that gun sales and background checks have increased since mass shootings which took place in August.

Florida Department of Agriculture Launches New Website

Fried’s office showcased as it hopes to “increase awareness about the department’s broad responsibilities in both agriculture and consumer services and help Floridians access information and services easier.”

Ashley Moody, FDLE Issue Consumer Alert on Skimming, Spoofing Scams

Attorney General Ashley Moody issued a Consumer Alert on Thursday following growing reports of a new multilayered scam involving skimming, spoofing and stealing financial information. The scam works like this: a scammer uses a skimmer to steal credit or debit card information, then uses spoofing technology to pose as the representative of a financial institution.
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Nikki Fried Doubles Down On Medical Marijuana

“I’m proud to establish the medical marijuana advisory committee to help expand patient access, and to advance and modernize policies to move Florida into the future of medical marijuana,” said Fried.

Hurricane Michael Caused $1.5 Billion in Agriculture Losses, Mostly in Forestry, Timber

On Friday, outgoing state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam announced that the timber industry suffered the overwhelming majority of agriculture losses from the hurricane as that sector lost $1.3 billion while other agriculture industries suffered almost $200 million. 

USDA Confirms Atypical Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy in Florida Cows

The animal was tested as part of APHIS’s routine surveillance of cattle that are deemed unsuitable for slaughter. APHIS and Florida veterinary officials are gathering more information on the case.