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Agricultural Development Program Met Standards, But Activities Should Become Financially Self-Supporting, Report No. 01-60, November 2001
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  • The Agricultural Economic Development Program has met or exceeded most of the legislative performance standards in Fiscal Years 1999-00 and 2000-01.
  • The state farmers’ markets system could improve its effectiveness and become self-sufficient by closing and/or combining several markets and implementing planned efficiency measures.
  • The Florida State Fair Authority should assume full responsibility for operating the Florida State Fair, which would eliminate the need for the department to provide approximately $134,000 in support services.  Alternatives for disposing of the state-owned fairgrounds will also need to be considered.
  • The program should increase the number of inbound agricultural shipments that are inspected, which would assist in the collection of additional tax revenues, by reducing the practice of diverting manpower from agricultural inspection stations to perform other assignments.
  • Developing an annual marketing plan and identifying the financial impact of major marketing campaigns can improve the program’s economic development activities.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS)

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 04-28 Progress Report: Program Improves Measurement and Interdiction Activities; Still Supports the State Fair and Dependent Markets, published in March 2004.
  • Report No. 01-53 Justification Review: Some Funding Shifts Are Possible for the State’s Food Safety and Quality Program, published in November 2001.
  • Report No. 01-51 Justification Review: General Revenue Savings Possible in Consumer Protection Program, published in November 2001.
  • Report No. 01-36 Justification Review: Forest Protection Program Meets Most Standards; Could Achieve Further Savings, published in August 2001.
  • Report No. 96-45 Follow-Up Report on the Division of Fruit and Vegetables Within the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, published in February 1997.
  • Report No. 96-23 Follow-Up Report on the Division of Plant Industry Within the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, published in December 1996.
  • Report No. 12185 Performance Audit of the Division of Animal Industry, published in November 1993.

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