TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam wants the state's agricultural land owners to apply for the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program by May 30.


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam wants the state's agricultural land owners to apply for the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program by May 30.



The program's goals include:



•Protecting valuable agricultural lands



•Creating conservation easements that ensure sustainable agricultural practices



•Preventing conversion to non-agricultural land uses in Florida's rural base



•Helping to protect natural resources in conjunction with these agricultural operations



Florida agriculture employs more than 2 million people and has an annual economic impact estimated at $120 billion, making it the state's second-largest industry.