Commissioner of Agriculture

Baxter Troutman

  • Age: 51
  • City: Winter Haven
  • Family: Married, one child
  • Education: Bachelor's degree
  • Bachelor of science in business and marketing, Florida Southern College (1992)
    • Recent job: President and CEO, Labor Solutions Inc. (1997-2018)

    Previous races


    Florida House of Representatives (2002-2010)

    Committees appointed to and serving on

  • Florida AgriTourism Board of Directors
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    Briefly highlight your key campaign issues and positions.
    I'm running to "Keep Florida Growing." In order to do so, we must focus on water quality & accessibility, curing Citrus Greening, preserving our scenic/agricultural lands, rewriting NAFTA and other detrimental trade deals, building Florida's agriculture industry with rural economic development, and streamlining the concealed carry permit process.
    Should your office's duties regulating firearm ownership be transferred to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement?
    Explain your position on which agency should oversee firearms ownership.
    Florida is one of four states where someone other than law enforcement issues concealed-carry permits. The Legislature and governor ultimately decide where this program is housed, and I’m open to discussions exploring improvements to the application process.
    Should the agriculture commissioner become an advocate for renegotiating NAFTA?
    Explain your position on renegotiating NAFTA.
    NAFTA has sacrificed “minor crop” states for the benefit of others. Florida crop-growers such as those in the tomato industry have been absolutely decimated as a result. Our farmers don’t want more deals that leave them behind, and we are encouraged by President Trump’s leadership on this issue. Future negotiations must include fair treatment for minor crop states that rely on the production of fruits and vegetables.
    Would you support moving consumer services into a separate agency?
    Explain your position on moving consumer services out of the agriculture department.
    Again, I'm open to discussions surrounding the makeup of the department. However, the decision is ultimately up to the legislature and Governor.
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