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Record Group Number: 000200
Series/Collection Number: .S 2439
Creator: Florida. Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Title, Dates: Bureau of Education and Communication records, 1950s-2000s.
Amount: 50 cubic ft.
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Biographical/Historical: ****IN PROCESS****    The Florida Legislature established the Department of Agriculture in 1889 (Chapter 3857, Laws of Florida) and restructured it in 1959 (Ch. 59-54, Laws). The Department performed most of the state's agricultural regulating and inspecting; made recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature on the needs of agriculture in the state; set license and inspection fees; administered the dairy, plant, and animal industries of the state; inspected fertilizers, feeds, seeds, petroleum products, and pesticides; and collected and distributed information on agriculture.

    In 1969, the legislature created the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services from a merger of several entities. This included the existing Department, the Florida Consumers' Council, the Office of Consumer Services, the Florida Board of Forestry, the State Soil and Water Conservation Board, the Board of Commissioners of the Everglades Fire Control District, and various technical and advisory councils and committees (Ch. 69-106, Laws).

    The Division of Marketing and Development is one of many divisions within the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. It administers the "Fresh From Florida" program, develops recipes using Florida products, operates state farmers markets, promotes and issues permits for county fairs and livestock shows, and assists producers in making production and marketing decisions. Within the division is the Bureau of Education and Communication, responsible for public outreach on behalf of the department.

Summary: ****IN PROCESS****    This series consists of film, slides and photographs, and papers created and maintained by the Bureau of Education and Communication within the Florida Division of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The bureau used these materials for educational, marketing, and other promotional purposes.

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Subject Access Fields: Agricultural industries Florida
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