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Sunset Advisory Commission Invites Public Input on the Texas Department of Agriculture
Monday, September 30, 2019, The Sunset Advisory Commission is reviewing the mission and performance of the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA)  [More]
 
Statement From Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller On EPA WOTUS Announcement
Thursday, September 12, 2019, “Today, American farmers and ranchers are able to celebrate another triumph. I commend the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for taking action to repeal the onerous 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. We are one step closer to providing regulatory certainty to our nation's farmers ”  [More]
 
Commissioner Miller kicks off 2019 Texas Farm Fresh Jump with Jill Live Tour
Thursday, September 5, 2019, AUSTIN – Today, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller announced the return of the Texas Farm Fresh Jump with Jill Live Tour for the new school year. Since 2015, these Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) special events have inspired audiences with fun lessons about healthy lifestyle choices like good nutrition and exercise. The live-action nutrition assemblies will engage students at 20 schools in Northwest Texas this September and October, as well as visitors to the State Fair of Texas on October 14  [More]
 
Commissioner Sid Miller visits Houston to lend a hand in fight against dangerous citrus disease
Thursday, August 29, 2019, AUSTIN — Friday, Commissioner Miller will visit the Houston area Friday to join agency inspectors in destroying a citrus tree infected with the contagious citrus canker disease. Beginning at 9 a.m. CT. Commissioner Miller will address the devastating damage the contagious plant disease can cause to the vital Texas citrus industry and the importance of stopping the invasive disease immediately. After comments, Commissioner Miller and TDA inspectors will begin the removal and destruction process of an infected tree at a residential home.  [More]
 
COMMISSIONER MILLER SEEKS MEMBERS FOR NEW TEXAS OLIVE OIL ADVISORY BOARD
Thursday, July 18, 2019, Today, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller announced the Texas Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications to fill nine seats on the new Texas Olive Oil Advisory Board created by the Texas Legislature earlier this year. The new board will be responsible for developing a plan to promote and expand the growing olive oil industry in the State of Texas. Applications must be submitted to the agency by 5 p.m on Aug. 15, 2019.  [More]
 
OPINION: The Unknown Perot
Friday, July 12, 2019, As Texas and the nation mourns the loss of H. Ross Perot, many might remember him as a tech business tycoon, a quiet philanthropist, an unsuccessful candidate for President, or perhaps as an American patriot. But I’ll bet you there’s one word that rarely appeared in the many obituaries written for Mr. Perot this week: agriculturalist.  [More]
 
TDA Announces EPA Relaxes Restrictions on Use of Dicamba in Texas
Tuesday, June 25, 2019, AUSTIN – Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller has announced that the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has eased the restrictions on the use of the herbicide dicamba by Texas cotton farmers. This is a direct result of a cooperative push by the Texas Department of Agriculture, Texas A&M Agrilife Research and Extension Services and Texas cotton farmers. The current EPA label for dicamba is deemed too restrictive for the unique farming environment found in Texas.  [More]
 
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller Statement Regarding Governor Abbott Signing Industrial Hemp Legislation
Tuesday, June 11, 2019, AUSTIN - Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller provided this statement on Governor Abbott signing industrial hemp legislation.  [More]
 
Commissioner Miller Promotes a Healthy Summer for Young Texans
Thursday, June 6, 2019, AUSTIN – This week, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller announced the kickoff of the Summer Food Service Program, an annual federally-funded effort to offer nutritious meals at no cost to children 18 years old or younger. By partnering with nonprofits, libraries, schools and other community organizations to operate summer meal sites across Texas, the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) Summer Meal Programs help ensure more Texas children stay sharp and energized throughout the summer and return to school in the fall ready to succeed.  [More]
 
Commissioner Miller Extends Application Deadline for Annual Family Land Heritage Program
Friday, May 31, 2019, AUSTIN – Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is proud to invite Texas farmers and ranchers to apply for the Texas Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) Family Land Heritage (FLH) program, which pays tribute to families who have kept their land in continuous agricultural production for at least 100 years. As TDA continues this proud tradition of honoring true Lone Star pioneers, families are asked to submit their applications for recognition in the 2019 FLH registry by Monday, July 1.  [More]
 
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