Published: Jan 03, 2011 8:11 PM EST
Updated: Jan 03, 2011 5:09 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla - Florida’s new Commissioner of Agriculture is inheriting hundreds of millions of dollars in crop damage.

December’s cold weather caused more than 200-thousand worth of crop damage.  More than half a billion was caused during last January’s 13 day cold snap.

Commissioner-elect Adam Putnam says solving the freeze crisis will help Florida’s economy rebound. “The freeze continues to present itself and that’s tough on the entire economy, not just farmers.  Agriculture is our strongest pillar of our economy right now with tourism and construction down, so that’s a loss of jobs, it means more people with less to do and it has a ripple effect throughout our communities.”

Putnam will be sworn into office Tuesday at along with, Rick Scott, Pam Bondi, Jeff Atwater and Jennifer Carroll.