Nikki Fried was sworn in on Jan. 8 as Florida’s first female commissioner of agriculture and consumer services. The department has almost 4,000 employees, a $1.8 billion budget, and a wide range of responsibilities. / J.D. Vivian

Paul Rusnak, senior managing online editor of Florida Grower, focuses on Nikki Fried, who earlier this month was sworn in as Florida’s commissioner of agriculture and consumer services. She is the first female elected to this Florida Cabinet post.

She is one of three Cabinet members. The other two are the attorney general, Ashley Moody; and the chief financial officer, Jimmy Patronis. All were sworn in the same day.

Fried’s top priorities, according to Rusnak’s story, are:

  • Cleaner Waters
  • Expanding Patient Access to Medical Marijuana
  • Hemp Production
  • Agricultural Innovation
  • Expanded Availability of Healthy Foods
  • Renewable Energy and Climate Change