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Agriculture and Consumer Protection Division

What do commercial scales and raw eggs and everything in between have in common? They're inspected and regulated by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA). TDA has a strong consumer protection program, which includes overseeing items like grocery store scales, egg quality, and nursery products. TDA regularly works with producers to ensure they receive quality seed. This division also ensures the accuracy of weights and measures and protects against the movement of harmful pests into Texas. TDA's consumer protection efforts promote success, unity and prosperity for the people of Texas.

TDA also works to provide agriculture producers with the resources and support they need.  The division is responsible for licensing and training pesticide applicators, overseeing worker protection, registering pesticides for sale in the state and working to minimize unnecessary impacts to agriculture while enhancing protection of endangered and threatened species as mandated by the federal law.

The Structural Pest Control Service licenses applicators who make pesticide applications in and around structures.

Inspection and Enforcement Strategic Plan

The Texas Agriculture Code Section 12A.004 requires that TDA develop a strategic inspection plan and report on enforcement actions.  The plan covers TDA’s planned inspection strategy for the coming fiscal year and reports on enforcement activities for the last complete fiscal year.  

The department will receive public comments through August 18, 2023.  Please email your comments to before 5:00 pm (Central Time) on Friday, August 18, 2023.