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Farm and Agriculture Family Farms in texas
Farm and AgricultureTexas is still a largely rural state with a strong agriculture economy. According to a 2007 census by U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, about 1.3 million acres in Texas were devoted to farming. Pasture land accounted for 66.9% of all farmland in Texas, cropland 25.8%, woodland 5.4% and 1.9% were devoted to other uses.

Texas was also ranked second in the nation in terms of total market value of agricultural products sold at $21 billion. Correlating with the above land use numbers, 69% of that market value was attributed to livestock, poultry and their products, while 31% came from the sale of crops, including nursery and greenhouse products.

The state’s agriculture economy is continually growing. According to the same census, Texas added almost 20 thousand new farms between 2007 and 2002. And the market value of agricultural products sold in the state increased by almost $6 billion during the same time period.


2007 Census of Agriculture
The census of agriculture is the leading source of facts and statistics about the Nation’s agricultural production. It provides a detailed picture of U.S. farms and ranches every five years and is the only source of uniform, comprehensive agricultural data for every state and county or county equivalent in the U.S.

The 2007 Census of Agriculture is required by law under the "Census of Agriculture Act of 1997". The law directs the Secretary of Agriculture to conduct a census of agriculture in 1998 and in every fifth year after, covering the prior year. The census of agriculture includes each state, Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa.

Texas State-wide and County Reports
State-wide Summary
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State & County
Market Value of Ag Products

National Fact Sheets
Demographics
Economics
Farm Numbers
Geographic
Practices
Production

The Census gives you and other farmers and ranchers a voice. Completing your Census form is your opportunity to tell how American agriculture provides food, fuel, feed, and fiber to the world. Join this collective voice by responding to the Census with information about your farm or ranch. You have the power to influence decisions that will shape the future of your operation, your community, and your industry.
If you received a census mailer then you can respond online with your authorized survey code (found on the mailing label you received) at www.agcensus.usda.gov

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Texas Department of Agriculture
The Texas Legislature established the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) in 1907. The agency's key objectives are to promote production agriculture, consumer protection, economic development and healthy living.

TDA's mission is to partner with all Texans to make Texas the nation's leader in agriculture, fortify our economy, empower rural communities, promote healthy lifestyles, and cultivate winning strategies for rural, suburban and urban Texas through exceptional service and the common threads of agriculture in our daily lives.

TDA resources:
Conservation Districts
There is a Soil & Water Conservation District in every county in texas. The Conservation District staff are there to help you with your on-farm conservation activities and applying for federal funding and technical assistance programs primarily through the USDA NRCS.
Learn more about and find local Conservation Districts

Cooperative Extension
The texas State University Extension Service provides research-based information, educational programs, and technology transfer focused on issues and needs of the people of texas, enabling them to make informed decisions about their economic, social, and cultural well-being.
Learn more about and find your local Cooperative Extension
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Rural Bounty

Explore North America's Rural Bounty

Discover the rich bounty of farm fresh fruits and vegetables, outdoor activities, and family fun that our rural countryside has to offer!

  • Daytrip or Vacation to a Farm or Ranch
  • Pick Your Own-Fruits, Pumpkins, Trees
  • Discover Charming Countryside Wineries
  • Challenge Your Hunting & Outdoor Skills

In the U.S. and Canada, there are approximately 65,000 farms and ranches that invite the public to visit, and more and more are becoming members on the Rural Bounty website. We invite you to come back often to plan relaxing day trips, or weeks away, enjoying the Rural Bounty of North America.  Visit website »

 




AgPlan™

AgPlan™ helps rural business owners develop a business plan. To use AgPlan you first need to register and setup a password to access your business plan.  Once you have registered, you can login to AgPlan using your email address and your password.
Everyone can use AgPlan—for FREE.

  • Develop your own business plan
  • Learn what you need to include in your plan with Tips & Resources
  • View Sample business plans for ideas
  • Share your plan—print, download and work with your own Reviewers

AgPlan™ is brought to you by the Center for Farm Financial Management. Regents of the University of Minnesota




Cool Farm Tool

The Cool Farm Tool (CFT) is an online greenhouse gas calculator that is free for growers to help them measure the carbon footprint of crop and livestock products. The CFT is an online, farm-level greenhouse gas emissions calculator based on empirical research from a broad range of published data sets. It is designed to be intuitive and easy to complete based on information that a farmer will have readily available. Click here to go to the Cool Farm Tool




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Luke Nave from the University of Michigan Biological Station presents this video short course on the fact that the largest terrestrial carbon pool is contained in soils. Carbon stored in soils plays a number of important roles, including keeping carbon out of the atmosphere and improving moisture and nutrient retention.

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Rebecca McCulley of the University of Kentucky, Dept. of Plant & Soil Sciences presents this video short course on Grasslands, which make up 30% of the U.S. land surface, store significant amounts of carbon belowground in roots and soils. Learn how disturbances such as drought, grazing, fire and tillage can significantly impact the grassland carbon balance.
 

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Andrea Tuttle presents this video short course ont forest carbon markets and how these can be used to capture and hold carbon on the landscape.

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New rural landowners are often interested in establishing livestock enterprises, even when their acreages are small. While forage availability may limit stocking rate, there are some livestock operations that can succeed on small acreages. Three of them are described in this publication--stocker calves, meat goats and hair sheep. There are details on management, facilities required, and marketing opportunities for these enterprises.

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Texas has over 191,000 miles of waterways with riparian areas – the green vegetation zones along creeks, rivers and lakes – that provide great economic, social, cultural and environmental value to the state.  Proper management of these areas can reverse years of neglect and result in improved water quality and stable reservoir capacity.  Recommendations given herein are focused on central and eastern Texas and include restoration techniques, plant species selection, monitoring methods, and grazing and cropland management. 

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This is an article from the EPA site about anaerobic/biomass recovery systems.  Click here to read the information: 

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This presentation illustrates what the core components of food hubs are; provides examples of  successful food hubs, one urban - La Montanita Co-op Food Market in New Mexico, and one rural - Appalachian Sustainable Development in Virginia; describes the lessons learned to date about coordinating successful food hubs; maps existing and potential food hubs; and, finally, gives the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Regional Food Hub Subcommittees work plan for the future.

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Local News
Texas Department of Agriculture to hold produce safety meetings statewide
The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) today announced it will hold a series of community meetings across the state to collect input on implementing the new federal law to promote the safety of fruits and vegetables grown across the country. The meetings will serve as a forum to gather public input as TDA develops the rules to administer this comprehensive new federal mandate.


Commissioner Miller Calls for Action on Temporary Federal Worker Program
In a letter addressed to federal officials, Commissioner Miller today asked for an opening of the program that affects the availability of temporary workers like those needed by the Texas shrimp and other agriculture industries.


Commissioner Miller Seeks Applicants for Annual Family Land Heritage Program
Commissioner 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.


Commissioner Miller Kicks Off School Breakfast Week
Commissioner Miller today announced the start of School Breakfast Week, which runs March 5 through 9, and makes eating breakfast at school a special occasion for Texas students. Every school day, approximately 1.7 million young Texans enjoy breakfast through the School Breakfast Program.


Commissioner Miller Honors Student Art Contest Winners and Announces Start of 2018-2019 Competition
Commissioner Miller congratulated Amy Hinojosa of Laredo and Gigi Cheng of Port Lavaca as winners in the Texas Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) 2017-2018 You Art What You Eat! student art contest. Their artwork will be incorporated into posters and materials displayed at schools across Texas to celebrate School Breakfast Week, which takes place March 5 through 9, 2018.


Fact Sheet: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Rules
These comments are intended to provide very


Commissioner Miller Encourages Organizations to Apply for 2018 Summer Nutrition Programs
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller today announced the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) is accepting applications for its 2018 summer nutrition programs. These programs connect community organizations and schools with federal funds to provide healthy meals for the Texas children who may not always have access to good nutrition when school cafeterias are closed for summer.


Texas Agriculture Memorial Day Honors Those Who Lost Their Lives in Agriculture Community in 2017
In a solemn ceremony at the State Capitol, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller was joined by his fellow members of the agriculture community as they honored those men and women who lost their life in the ag industry over the last year. The 2nd Annual Texas Agriculture Memorial Day remembers those Texas farmers and ranchers who died in the previous year as a way of focusing public attention on the importance of Texas agriculture.


Texas Agriculture Memorial Day (Nov. 21) Honors Those Who Gave so Much to Agriculture Community
On Tuesday, November 21, the Texas Department of Agriculture will host the 2nd Annual Texas Agriculture Memorial Day at the Texas Capitol in Austin. Texas Agriculture Memorial Day is a day to remember the lives and honor the sacrifices of Texas farmers and ranchers who contribute so much to our heritage and our economy.


Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller Honors Texas Farm and Ranch Families at 42nd Annual Family Land Heritage Ceremony
In a celebration of agriculture and family heritage, Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller and the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) honored 64 farms and ranches spanning 51 Texas counties at the 42nd Annual Family Land Heritage (FLH) ceremony at the Texas State Capitol today.


Commissioner Miller Honors Student Art Contest Winners
Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller today congratulated Emilia Davila of Laredo and Marianeé Canales of Kingsville as winners in the Texas Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) You Art What You Eat! statewide student art contest.


Commissioner Miller Kicks Off National School Lunch Week
Commissioner Miller today announced the start of National School Lunch Week, which runs Oct. 9 to 13, and emphasizes the value of leading healthy lifestyles to Texas students. In partnership with the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), every school day, Texas schools serve approximately 3 million healthy meals through the National School Lunch Program.


Commissioner Miller Kicks Off Annual Local Products Challenge
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller announced the return of the Texas Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) annual Local Products Challenge. Each October, school cafeterias work to earn TDA recognition for serving more local products in meals while teaching children about foods grown and raised in Texas. More than 177 school districts and charter schools have pledged participation in this year’s Local Products Challenge. Participating schools will offer more than 2.4 million Texas children a new opportunity to try healthy local foods in the cafeteria.


State Fair of Texas, GO TEXAN Pavilion Officially Open for Fairgoers Today
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller welcomes visitors to the State Fair of Texas and invites them to stop by the Texas Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) GO TEXAN Pavilion to experience all the ways Texas agriculture impacts our daily lives. The Pavilion is located near the famous Cotton Bowl Stadium in the center of Fair Park. As always, the Pavilion is packed with some of the tastiest food and beverages around, as well as world-class entertainment and shopping.


Commissioner Miller Announces STAR Fund Donations During 2017 State Fair of Texas
Commissioner Miller announced today that Talley Amusements, the owners of the Texas Star Ferris wheel, and Farm Credit Bank of Texas are teaming up to donate proceeds from this year’s State Fair of Texas to the State of Texas Agriculture Relief (STAR) Fund. Talley Amusements will donate 20 cents of every Ferris wheel ride purchased to the STAR Fund and Farm Credit Bank of Texas is matching the donation.


Commissioner Miller Kicks Off Texas Farm Fresh Jump With Jill Tour
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller announced the start of this school year’s Texas Farm Fresh Jump with Jill Live Tour, a unique, interactive assembly that makes nutrition education fun and exciting. The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) is bringing the live-action show to 20 elementary schools in school districts in North and Southeast Texas this October, as well as the State Fair of Texas on Oct 13.


Texas Department of Agriculture Connects Texans in Need Through CACFP
Program combines nutrition and education to promote healthy lifestyles for Texans of all ages


Commissioner Miller Coordinates Donation for Hurricane First Responders
Super Bowl Champion and GO TEXAN Ambassador helps bring donation of flashlights and other survival gear


Commissioner Miller Visits Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts
Meets with volunteers and evacuees at Brazoria County animal shelter and supply point


Commissioner Miller Calls for Donations to STAR Fund After Hurricane Harvey
Fund provides grants to farmers and ranchers impacted by Hurricane Harvey


Commissioner Miller Authorizes School Meals at No Cost in Federal Disaster Areas
Federal waiver approves school lunch and breakfast program changes to feed students affected by Hurricane Harvey


Texas Department of Agriculture Responds to Hurricane Harvey
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller expressed his condolences to those affected by Hurricane Harvey and reinforced the message of support through various programs offered by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA).


Commissioner Sid Miller Calls for Agency Fee Reductions
As a result of the efficiencies and cost savings under his administration, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller today has directed agency staff at the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) to find cuts in fees administered by his office.


Commissioner Miller releases skimmer education video
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller released a short video to help Texas consumers avoid becoming a victim of credit card skimming at fuel pumps.


Texas Water Smart Gazebo Dedicated in Pottsboro
State and local partners install gazebo to encourage water conservation and community beautification


Texas Water Smart Garden Dedicated in Palestine
State and local partners install garden higlighting water conservation and community beautification


Commissioner Miller Elected as Vice President of Southern United States Trade Association
Southern United States Trade Association represents Southern states' food and ag industries


Commissioner Miller Expresses Support of New China Deal to Import U.S. Rice
Texas ag commissioner Sid Miller expects Texas rice producers to benefit


Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller Praises WOTUS Repeal By EPA
Latest ruling a signal of positive changes under President Trump


Commissioner Miller Expresses Support to U.S. Dairy Industry on China Deal
Texas ag commissioner looking forward to increased dairy exports from Texas


Commissioner Miller Announces Start of Summer Food Service Program in Texas
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller wants to remind all Texans that Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) meal sites are now open across the Lone Star State. Thousands of nonprofits, libraries, schools and other community organizations serve summer meals at no cost to children 18 years old and younger through a partnership with the Texas Department of Agriculture.


Commissioner Miller Elected as Vice President of National Ag Organization
Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture represents Southern states' ag industries


Commissioner Miller Helps Launch Community Garden, Raise Awareness About Importance of Water Conservation
State and local partners install garden highlighting pollinators and water conservation


Commissioner Miller’s Statement Regarding Trump Administration’s Deal With China to Expedite Beef Exports
Texas Agriculture Commissioner is hopeful for Texas cattle ranchers


Commissioner Miller Honors D.J. Kurtenbach From South Grand Prairie High School With Final 'GROW' Award of School Year
Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is pleased to honor Daniel “D.J.” Kurtenbach, a junior from South Grand Prairie High School in Grand Prairie, Texas, as the winner of the Texas Department of Agriculture’s monthly GROW award. The award Gives Recognition for Outstanding Work to middle and high school students who demonstrate leadership and excellence inside and outside the classroom.


Funding Still Available To Assist Wildfire Victims
STAR Fund applications for Panhandle wildfire victims due June 2


TDA Warning Against Hay Sales Scammers
TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE WARNS OF HAY SALES SCAM


Commissioner Miller on Scimetrics' Withdrawal of Feral Hog Bait Registration
Commissioner Miller's statement on Scimetrics, Inc.'s request to withdraw state registration of Kaput Feral Hog Bait


Commissioner Miller Honors Caitlin Edsall From Red Oak With April 'GROW' Award
Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is pleased to honor Caitlin Edsall, a senior from Red Oak High School in Red Oak, Texas, as the winner of the Texas Department of Agriculture’s monthly GROW award. The award Gives Recognition for Outstanding Work to middle and high school students who demonstrate leadership and excellence inside and outside the classroom.


Commissioner Sid Miller Signs Historic Agreement in Israel
Cooperative declaration strengthens bond between Texas and Israel


Commissioner Miller Honors Whitney Mahan from Honey Grove with March 'GROW' Award
Award Gives Recognition for Outstanding Work completed by middle and high school students


Commissioner Miller Calls for Donations to Assist Victims of Wildfires
STAR Fund provides grants to farmers and ranchers impacted by natural disasters


Commissioner Miller Calls on Texans to Help Neighbors in Panhandle Impacted by Wildfires
Communities experiencing devastating loss of property and lives in Panhandle wildfires


Commissioner Miller Kicks Off School Breakfast Week
Texas students asked to “Take the Breakfast Challenge” and start every day with a healthy school breakfast


Restraining Order Issued on TDA Feral Hog Bait Emergency Rule
Effect of ruling is to lift safeguards on Kaput Hog Bait put in place by the Texas Department of Agriculture


Commissioner Miller Honors Student Art Contest Winners and Invites Young Artists to Submit Entries for 2017-18 Contest
Creativity from Texas students inspires posters on display in school cafeterias across the state during School Breakfast Week in March


Texas Agriculture Commissioner and Tamaulipas Governor Meet for Historic Handshake on International Bridge in Laredo
Commissioner Sid Miller and Governor Cabeza de Vaca Hold Texas-Tamaulipas Together Friendship Exchange


Commissioner Sid Miller Announces TAC Rule Change to Allow Limited Use of Feral Hog Toxicant in Texas
First Feral Hog Toxicant to Hit Texas Market later this year


Commissioner Sid Miller Honors Cade Ingram from The Woodlands with February GROW Award
Award Gives Recognition for Outstanding Work completed by middle and high school students


Commissioner Miller Recruits World-Class Athletes to Promote Texas
Former NFL stars named GO TEXAN Ambassadors to market Texas products and recruit new members


TDA School Nutrition Grant Deadline Approaching
Commissioner Miller reminds public schools to submit applications by Feb. 28, 2017


Commissioner Miller Celebrates 10th Annual Award to Texas Home-Delivered Meal Providers
The Texas Department of Agriculture to award more than $8.7 million in grants this year


Commissioner Miller Encourages Organizations to Apply For 2017 Summer Nutrition Programs
Organizations partner with TDA to serve meals at sites in designated areas, such as areas where more than 50 percent of children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals in the National School Lunch Program.


Commissioner Miller Honors Sarita Short From Valera With January ‘GROW’ Award
Award Gives Recognition for Outstanding Work completed by middle and high school students


Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller Announces Launch of New Texas/Israel Trade Initiative
Miller heading to Israel to meet with high-ranking Israeli officials to discuss new agency initiative to create business opportunities that will benefit both Texas and Israel


Texas Grain Producers Elect to Not Establish Statewide Grain Indemnity Fund
82 percent vote against creation of fund


Texas Department of Agriculture Statement on Amarillo Pesticide Poisoning
Commissioner Miller and industry rep urge using pest control professionals and following labels to avoid misuse


Commissioner Miller Honors Emily Reiley From Marion With December ‘Grow’ Award
Award Gives Recognition for Outstanding Work completed by middle and high school students


Grain Referendum Voting Begins This Week
Eligible grain producers may vote at their local Texas AgriLife Extension office


Texas Department of Agriculture Hosts Tamaulipas Secretary of Rural Development
Tamaulipas Secretary of Rural Development Migliolo visits Austin to discuss ag-related priorities


Commissioner Miller Honors Coltin Walton From Magnolia with November 'GROW' Award
Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is pleased to honor Coltin Walton, a sophomore from Magnolia High School in Magnolia, Texas, as the winner of the Texas Department of Agriculture’s monthly GROW award. The award Gives Recognition for Outstanding Work to middle and high school students who demonstrate leadership and excellence inside and outside the classroom.


Citrus Pest and Disease Referendum Passes
Board of directors also elected to oversee new citrus management program


Commissioner Sid Miller Honors Historic Farms and Ranches at 41st Annual Family Land Heritage Ceremony
41 historic farms and ranches from 34 counties honored for their agricultural heritage


Commissioner Miller Honors Baillie McManners of Caney Creek High School in Conroe With ‘GROW’ Award
Award Gives Recognition for Outstanding Work completed by middle and high school students


Texas Department Of Agriculture To Lead Major Global Trade Effort For Texas
U.S. Small Business Administration grants TDA $800,000 for trade expansion


Citrus Producers Can Vote On Citrus Pest and Disease Management Referendum
Ballots must be postmarked by Oct. 24


Commissioner Miller Kicks off National School Lunch Week
TDA encourages students to eat healthy school meals and vote for a winning lunch


Free Tree Saplings at the State Fair; GO TEXAN Pavilion the Spot to Visit
Smokey Bear, Ice Cream Float Day just some of the daily happenings in the Pavilion


More Than $42 Million in Federal Grants Awarded to Rural Texas Communities
Grants provides assistance to improve infrastructure such as road, water and wastewater treatment systems


TDA Kicks Off Annual Local Products Challenge
Texas schools set to earn recognition for incorporating local products into school meals throughout October


State Fair of Texas Kicks Off Today, GO TEXAN Pavilion Officially Opens
Food, family-friendly fun and all things agriculture among highlights of this year’s State Fair


Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller Issues Statement on Lifting of Chinese Ban on U.S. Beef Imports
Commissioner Miller says Texas cattle ranchers posed to benefit


Federally-Funded Meal Programs Available To Help Feed Texans In Need
The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) is encouraging Texans in need to utilize programs such as the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) that offer nutritious meals to children and adults.


Commissioner Miller Announces More than $175,000 in Grants Awarded to Young Farmers Across Texas
Grants will help ensure future of next generation of farmers


Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller Statement Regarding Travis County DA Announcement
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is pleased this process is now complete and that he has been cleared of any wrongdoing.


Commissioner Miller Calls on Texans to Join TDA and Americorps Vista for Community Engagement Initiative
Selected applicants will work with TDA to build local partnerships to encourage healthy lifestyles for young Texans


TDA Launches Texas Farm Fresh Tour in Rio Grande Valley
Live interactive events bring fresh excitement to learning about good nutrition


Commissioner Miller Calls for Nominations of Promising Young Leaders for Grow Award by Oct. 1
Award honors middle school, high school students for outstanding work and excellence


State Ag Relief Fund Gets a Boost After Recent Floods
Land O’Lakes donates to STAR Fund to help Texas farmers and ranchers affected by flooding and other disasters


Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller Comments on Reopening of Brazilian Market To U.S. Beef Exports
Texas cattle ranchers are expected to benefit


GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up Offers Food, Drinks For a Good Cause Across Texas
Statewide dine-out effort highlights local ingredients, benefits local food banks


TDA Helping Texas Schools Improve Kitchens and Meals with 2016 Equipment Grants
Grants awarded to 116 Texas recipients for 2016


State-Federal Agreement Will Provide Timely Crop Estimates For Texas Agriculture
New agreement between Texas Department of Agriculture and USDA Announced


Commissioner Miller, GO TEXAN Take Off at Texas Motor Speedway For the Rattlesnake 400
GO TEXAN, AM Racing partner to promote Texas-made products


Summer Meals Now Available For Texas Children
Texas families can connect with local providers for nutritious meals this summer


Commissioner Miller Announces Assistance for Farmers and Ranchers Devastated by Floods
Calls for donations to state fund for agriculture relief


Commissioner Miller Seeks Applicants for Annual Family Land Heritage Program Honoring Texas Farms and Ranches
Application deadline extended to July 1st


Commissioner Miller Encourages Water Savings With Sales Tax Holiday
Water-efficient products including landscape plants tax-free over Memorial Day weekend


Commissioner Miller Recognizes City of Seguin as New GO TEXAN Certified Retirement Community
Certified retirement communities provide numerous benefits to retirees


Commissioner Miller Announces Appointments to Texas Shrimp Advisory Committee
Board works to strengthen and promote the Gulf shrimp industry in Texas


Commissioner Miller Honors Olivia Wise-Dent of James Madison High School With ‘GROW’ Award
Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller today honored Olivia Wise-Dent, a junior from James Madison High School in San Antonio, as the winner of the Texas Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) monthly GROW award.


Commissioner Miller Issues Statement After Appeal Dropped for Lesser Prairie Chicken
On Wednesday, the U.S. Justice Department dropped its appeal to have the lesser prairie chicken listed as a threatened species...


TDA Files Amicus Brief in Support of Texas Landowners in Red River Land Grab
The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) recently filed an amicus curiae brief...


New Capital For Texas Program Expands Opportunities For Small Businesses in Texas
Lenders announced as part of today’s small business forum


Agriculture Commissioner Requests Applications to Fill Final Position on Texas Seed and Plant Board
Deadline to submit application is May 13, 2016


Commissioner Miller Seeks Applicants for Annual Program to Honor 100-Year-Old Farms and Ranches
Application deadline extended to May 31


Registration Open For Small Business Forum on May 5
New small business loan program available for Texas businesses


Commissioner Miller Honors Jadeyn Arthur of Ralls High School with 'GROW' Award
Award Gives Recognition for Outstanding Work completed by middle and high school students.


Commissioner Miller Announces New Texas Organic Agricultural Industry Advisory Board Appointments
Board works to strengthen and promote the organic industry in Texas


Child Care Center Building a Healthier Future For Young Texans
TDA program promotes best practices, improved nutrition in child care centers


Statement on FY 2013 – FY 2015 Audit Findings
AUSTIN - Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller


TDA Initiative Aims to Stop Feral Hogs in Their Tracks
County, state partnership at the center of latest abatement efforts


Commissioner Miller Honors Kelton And Kolby Marek of Blanco Middle School With ‘GROW’ Award
Award Gives Recognition for Outstanding Work completed by middle and high school students


Commissioner Miller Recertifies City of Canton as a GO TEXAN Certified Retirement Community
Certified retirement communities partner with the Texas Department of Agriculture to encourage retirement in Texas


Commissioner Miller Issues Statement Marking National And Texas Ag Day
Texas is a leader in ag production, economic impact on the Lone Star State


Commissioner Miller Kicks Off National Ag Week, Encourages All Texans to Thank a Farmer, Rancher
Weeklong celebration promotes importance of agriculture, stewardship of our planet


Commissioner Miller Joins Leander ISD For Fuel Greatness Event to Kick Off National School Breakfast Week
Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller today joined the Leander Independent School District and Dallas Cowboys strong safety Barry Church for the Dairy MAX 2016 Breakfast Games to celebrate National School Breakfast Week, which runs March 7-11, 2016. Commissioner Miller spoke to students at Pleasant Hill Elementary School about the importance of eating a healthy breakfast every day and the role Texas agriculture plays in their lives every day.


Wanted: Texas Quilters to Showcase Their Talents
Deadline to submit quilt block entries showcasing Texas wines and flowers is June 10


Expansion of Trade Relations, Developing New Markets For Texas Agricultural Products Focus of Official Trade Mission to Cuba
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA)


Commissioner Miller Honors Casey Neuman of Onalaska Junior-Senior High School With ‘GROW’ Award
Award Gives Recognition for Outstanding Work completed by middle and high school students


Commissioner Miller Urges USDA to Grant Designation For Cottonseed
AUSTIN - In response to volatile market conditions


Speech: Boy Scouts Report to State
Thank you all for having me here today...


Texas Agriculture Gets in on The Big Plays at Super Bowl 50
AUSTIN - While Texas football teams may be


Commissioner Miller Announces Pilot Program to Expand Inspections of Agricultural Products at the Texas-Mexico Border
Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller today announced the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) is awarding more than $650,000 to the South Texas Assets Consortium (STAC) to facilitate a pilot project for the timely and efficient inspection of agricultural imports at ports of entry along the Texas-Mexico border. These inspections are critical to protecting domestic agriculture industries and consumers.


Commissioner Miller Announces GO TEXAN Partnership With AM Racing For NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller today announced the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) and its GO TEXAN program have joined forces with AM Racing for the 2016 Camping World Truck Series season.


Commissioner Miller Recertifies City of Kaufman as a GO TEXAN Certified Retirement Community
Certified retirement communities partner with the Texas Department of Agriculture to encourage retirement in Texas


Commissioner Miller Encourages Organizations to Apply for 2016 Summer Nutrition Programs
TDA is accepting applications for its 2016 summer nutrition programs.


Commissioner Miller Honors Shelby Salge of Travis High School in Richmond With ‘GROW’ Award
Award Gives Recognition for Outstanding Work completed by middle and high school students


Op-ed: Giving Texas Agriculture a Voice on Capitol Hill
By Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller


Commissioner Miller Recertifies City of Lampasas as a Go Texan Certified Retirement Community
Certified retirement communities partner with the Texas Department of Agriculture to encourage retirement in Texas


Gov. Abbott And Commissioner Miller Request USDA Disaster Designation For West Texas Counties
AUSTIN - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas


Statement by Texas Agriculture Commissioner Miller About Latest Federal Dietary Guidelines
AUSTIN - Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller


Agriculture Commissioner Requests Applications For Texas Seed And Plant Board
Deadline to submit application is Jan. 30, 2016


Commissioner Miller Announces Disaster Relief Resources Available to Rural Communities Affected by Severe Weather
Encourages Texans to donate to STAR Fund, other reputable disaster relief organizations


Commissioner Miller Requests Applications For Shrimp Marketing Advisory Committee
Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller today issued an open call for applications to fill seats on the Texas Shrimp Marketing Program Advisory Committee.


Statement by Commissioner Miller on Repeal of Country of Origin Labeling
AUSTIN - Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller


Texas Department of Agriculture Awards $1.8 Million to Improve Production of Fruits, Vegetables And Specialty Crops
Funding will help enhance specialty markets, provide consumers access to more Texas produce


Commissioner Miller Awards $750,000 to Grow Jobs in Ennis
Texas Capital Fund grants help communities invest in local infrastructure and economy


Commissioner Miller Awards $2.4 Million to Brooks, Kenedy, Duval, Jim Wells And Zapata Counties For Infrastructure Improvements
AUSTIN - Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller today


Commissioner Miller Awards More Than $1 Million to Nueces, San Patricio And Aransas Counties For Infrastructure Improvements
AUSTIN - Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller today


Commissioner Miller Awards $500,000 to Zavala County For Infrastructure
AUSTIN - Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller today


Commissioner Miller Awards $500,000 to El Paso County For Infrastructure Improvements
AUSTIN - Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller today


Commissioner Miller Awards $500,000 to Kerr County For Infrastructure Improvements
AUSTIN - Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller today


Commissioner Miller Awards More Than $480,000 to Cameron County For Infrastructure Improvements
AUSTIN - Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller today


Commissioner Miller Honors Daniel Rodriguez of Morton Ranch High School With ‘GROW’ Award
Award Gives Recognition for Outstanding Work completed by middle and high school students


Statement by Commissioner Miller Regarding GAO Finding on EPA Promotion
AUSTIN - Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller today


Commissioner Miller Announces Appointments to The Texas Wine Industry Development Advisory Committee
AUSTIN - Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller


Commissioner Miller's Remarks at the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water and Rural Affairs
I have been invited here to testify on proposed changes to the Texas Department of Agriculture’s fee structure...


Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller Requests Applications for Texas Organic Agricultural Industry Advisory Board
Deadline to submit application is Dec. 18, 2015


Commissioner Miller Celebrates Renewal of Certified Retirement Community Designation for City of Plainview
Certified retirement communities offer numerous benefits to retirees


Statement by Commissioner Miller in Observance of Thanksgiving
AUSTIN- Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller


Commissioner Miller Announces Change in Start Date For New Fee Schedule
Unexpended balance and appropriation transfer authority requested from Legislative Budget Board


Commissioner Miller Celebrates National Rural Health Day
AUSTIN- Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller and


Commissioner Miller Honors Kayla Boettcher of Lexington High School With ‘GROW’ Award
Award Gives Recognition for Outstanding Work completed by middle and high school students


Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller Honors Veterans for Their Service to Country, Defense of Freedom
AUSTIN - Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller


Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller Honors Historic Farms and Ranches at 40th Annual Family Land Heritage Ceremony
76 historic farms and ranches from 56 counties honored for their agricultural heritage


Agriculture Commissioner Miller Issues Statement on House Interim Charges
AUSTIN - Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller


Commissioner Miller Joins Select Milk Producers to Announce Plans For Milk
Latest venture will repurpose old denim mill into milk processing plant


Commissioner Miller Announces Texas Regional Event Grants to Promote Texas
Applications now being accepted from festival and event organizers


Commissioner Miller Honors Nadia Davila of Colorado High School With ‘GROW’ Award
AUSTIN - Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller today


Commissioner Miller Encourages Texans to Help Farmers and Ranchers Devastated by Wildfires Across the State
Farmers and ranchers impacted by wildfires urged to apply for assistance


Commissioner Miller Announces Grant Funds Available to Help Young Farmers
Grant funds to help next generation establish, expand production agriculture operations


Commissioner Miller Applauds Hold on EPA's WOTUS Ruling
Earlier this year Commissioner Sid Miller joined


Commissioner Miller Awards More Than $43 Million in Federal Funds to Rural Texas for Infrastructure Improvements
Texas Community Development Block Grant program provides millions in assistance to rural communities across Texas


Texas Department of Agriculture Announces $8.5 Million Available to Feed Homebound Texans
Grants will help provide home-delivered meals to elderly and disabled Texans


Week Two of State Fair Underway, Excitement Happening at TDA’s Food and Fiber Pavilion
Free ice cream cones, musical performances, live bees, food sampling, Texas Wine Garden and more among highlights at this year’s fair


Commissioner Miller Celebrates Texas Wine Month, Encourages Tourism With New Wine Trail Video Series
Texans encouraged to visit Texas wineries during October, watch new videos highlighting Texas wine trails


Commissioner Miller Reminds Texas Producers to Renew Agriculture Sales Tax
Current exemptions expire Dec. 31, 2015


Commissioner Miller Partners With Shriners Hospitals to Increase Access to Rural Health Care
Partnerships and advancements in telemedicine and technology are critical to the health of rural Texas


Commissioner Miller Launches Farm Fresh Fridays to Connect Texas Schools With Local Farmers and Ranchers
Initiative works to build partnerships between schools and agriculture industry, create healthier lifestyles for Texas children


State Fair of Texas Kicks Off Today, Commissioner Miller Encourages Fairgoers to Enjoy Food And Fiber Pavilion
Great entertainment, food sampling, interactive experiences among highlights at this year’s fair


Applications Now Being Accepted For Texas Wine Industry Advisory Committee
Deadline to submit applications is Sept. 30


Commissioner Miller Announces Successes for Boll Weevil Eradication in Texas
West Texas Maintenance Zone declared eradicated and four zones declared functionally eradicated


Federally Funded Meal Programs Available to Help Feed Texans in Need
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA)


Commissioner Miller Encourages Community Leaders to Nominate Promising Students For GROW Award
Award honors middle school, high school students for outstanding work and excellence


TDA Market Recap, Sept. 8, 2015
AUSTIN – (Sept. 8, 2015) For the week ending Sept.


Commissioner Miller Concerned Funding Dispute at Racing Commission Puts Texas Equine Industry at Risk
Funding discussion revolves around an issue that will ultimately be decided by the courts


Commissioner Miller Applauds Decision by Federal Judge to Halt Water Rule
Latest ruling a signal of hope in fight against the Environmental Protection Agency


Deadline is Sept. 1 For Youth Photo Contest Promoting Texas Agriculture
Photo contest winners will be showcased at the State Fair of Texas


TDA Market Recap August 10, 2015
AUSTIN – (August 10, 2015) For the week ending


Commissioner Miller Announces $306,440 in Grants to Help Young Farmers
Young farmers and ranchers set to expand their footprints in Texas ag industry


TDA Market Recap August 3, 2015
AUSTIN – (August 3, 2015) For the week ending


Commissioner Miller Honors Rep. Anderson with ‘Top Hand’ Award
Award recognizes dedication to Texas agriculture


TDA Market Recap July 27, 2015
AUSTIN – (July 27, 2015) For the week ending July


Commissioner Miller Announces More Than $100,000 in Drought Relief Funds for Real County
Recovery assistance will be an investment in local water system infrastructure


Commissioner Miller Blasts Federal Government for Allowing Imported Meat From Nations
New rules relax requirements on importing beef and could pose animal health concerns


TDA Market Recap July 20, 2015
AUSTIN – (July 20, 2015) For the week ending July


Commissioner Miller Announces $325,000 Grant Award to Grow Jobs in Montgomery
Texas Capital Fund grants help communities invest in local infrastructure, economic development


Commissioner Miller Announces $750,000 Grant Award to Grow Jobs in Sonora
Texas Capital Fund grants help communities invest in local infrastructure, economic development


TDA Market Recap July 13, 2015
AUSTIN – (July 13, 2015) For the week ending July


Commissioner Miller Encourages Texans to Eat Local, Support Texas Farmers and Ranchers
Statewide dine-out month highlights local ingredients, benefits local food banks


Commissioner Miller Delivers State of Agriculture Address
Commissioner Miller has tackled issues relating to school nutrition policy, enforcement, federal overreach, and a backlog of certifications and inspections


TDA Market Recap July 6, 2015
AUSTIN – (July 6, 2015) For the week ending July


Commissioner Miller Announces $750,000 Grant Award to Grow Jobs in Montgomery
Texas Capital Fund grants help communities invest in local infrastructure, economic development


TDA Market Recap June 29, 2015
AUSTIN – (June 29, 2015) For the week ending June


Commissioner Miller Joins Lawsuit to Stop EPA From Enforcing Illegal Rule and Creating Massive Federal Government Overreach
Today, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller joined Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in a lawsuit to stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from its illegal attempt to greatly expand the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act.


Commissioner Miller Creates Office of Water to Address Critical Needs in Texas
New office will address key issues facing water policy and efficiencies in water usage for agriculture


Commissioner Miller Announces $1 Million Grant Award to Grow Jobs in Polk County
Texas Capital Fund grants help communities invest in local infrastructure, economic development


Commissioner Miller Elected as Treasurer for Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture
Position puts Miller in line for role of SASDA President in 2019


TDA Market Recap June 22, 2015
AUSTIN – (June 22, 2015) For the week ending June


Commissioner Miller Announces Plan to Combat Child Obesity, Rule Changes to Return Local Control to Schools
New rules and initiatives are focused on changing culture in the lunchroom


TDA Market Recap June 15, 2015
AUSTIN – (June 15, 2015) For the week ending June


TDA Market Recap June 8, 2015
AUSTIN – (June 8, 2015) For the week ending June


Commissioner Miller Joins Preschool Students to Plant Salsa Garden, Promote Good Nutrition
AUSTIN - Today, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid


TDA Market Recap June 1, 2015
AUSTIN – (June 1, 2015) For the week ending May


Summer Meals are Available for Needy Texas Children
Starting June 1, families in need can connect with local providers for nutritious meals


Austin Preschool Wins Farm to Child Care Grant, Commissioner Miller to Celebrate by Planting Salsa Garden



Commissioner Miller Blasts EPA For Burdensome Regulation That Will Hurt Texans
AUSTIN - Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller


Commissioner Miller Encourages Texans to Help Those Devastated by Deadly Tornadoes, Severe Flooding
Farmers and ranchers impacted by severe weather urged to apply for assistance


Commissioner Miller Extends Application Deadline to Honor Historic Farms and Ranches
Deadline extended to June 15 for recognition of 100 year old family farms, ranches


TDA Market Recap May 26, 2015
AUSTIN – (May 26, 2015) For the week ending May


New Trade Relationship With Ecuador Benefits Texas Ranchers
Recent visit by agricultural leaders from Ecuador leads to sale of Texas cattle


Commissioner Miller Offers Support to Giddings Residents Following Twister Touchdown
AUSTIN – Today, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid


TDA Market Recap May 18, 2015
AUSTIN – (May 18, 2015) For the week ending May


Commissioner Miller, Sen. Hall Survey Damage, Offer Assistance to Tornado Victims in Van, Texas
Tour of region shows widespread damage, rebuilding efforts underway in Van, Texas


Commissioner Miller Supports Repeal of Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling Requirements
AUSTIN – Today, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid


Commissioner Miller Honors High School Student for Outstanding Achievement
Award Gives Recognition for Outstanding Work completed by middle and high school students


Commissioner Miller, State Legislators to Tour Area Devastated by Deadly Tornado in Van, Texas
Relief funds made available for tornado victims in Van, Texas


TDA Market Recap May 11, 2015
AUSTIN – (May 11, 2015) For the week ending May 9,


Experience Rural Texas During Travel and Tourism Week
GO TEXAN communities make perfect travel destinations during weeklong tourism initiative


Commissioner Miller Announces Major Grant Award to Grow Jobs in Sealy
Texas Capital Fund grants help communities invest in local infrastructure, economy


Commissioner Miller Announces $350,000 Grant to Assist City of Fritch Recover From Damage Caused by Wildfire
Texas Capital Fund grants help communities rebuild infrastructure after natural disaster damage


TDA Market Recap May 4, 2015
AUSTIN – (May 4, 2015) For the week ending May 2,


Cuero Renews Status as Certified Retirement Community in Texas
Certified retirement communities provide numerous benefits to retirees


TDA Market Recap April 27, 2015
AUSTIN – (April 27, 2015) For the week ending


Commissioner Miller Seeks Applicants for Program to Honor 100-Year-Old Farms and Ranches
Application deadline is May 15


Commissioner Miller Announces $750,000 Grant Award to Grow Jobs in Schulenburg
Texas Capital Fund grants help communities invest in local infrastructure, economic development


Commissioner Miller Announces $600,000 Grant Award to Grow Jobs in Haskell
Texas Capital Fund grants help communities invest in local infrastructure, economic development


Commissioner Miller Announces $475,000 Grant Award to Grow Jobs in Navasota
Texas Capital Fund grants help communities invest in local infrastructure, economic development


Commissioner Miller Announces $750,000 Grant Award to Grow And Retain Jobs in La Feria
Texas Capital Fund grants help communities invest in local infrastructure, economic development


Commissioner Miller Announces $240,000 Grant Award to Grow Jobs in Colorado City
Texas Capital Fund grants help communities invest in local infrastructure, economic development


TDA Market Recap April 20, 2015
AUSTIN – (April 20, 2015) For the week ending


Housing Discrimination is Not Tolerated in Texas
AUSTIN – In recognition of Fair Housing Month,


Commissioner Miller Supports U.S. House Bill to Repeal Death Tax
AUSTIN – Today, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid


Commissioner Miller Honors High School Student for Outstanding Achievement
Award Gives Recognition for Outstanding Work completed by middle and high school students


TDA Market Recap April 13, 2015
AUSTIN – (April 13, 2015) For the week ending


Commissioner Miller Recognizes City of Pottsboro as New Go Texan Certified Retirement Community
Certified retirement communities provide numerous benefits to retirees


It’s No Joke That Texans Need to Save Water This April Fools’ Day
Spring is in full swing, Texans are reminded to conserve water


TDA Market Recap March 30, 2015
AUSTIN – (March 30, 2015) For the week ending


Houston Livestock Show Draws International Visitors, Highlights Global Demand For Texas Products
AUSTIN - Since 1932, the Houston Livestock Show


Commissioner Miller Awards $8.5 Million to Help Feed Elderly Texans
AUSTIN – Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller


TDA Market Recap March 23, 2015
AUSTIN – (March 23, 2015) For the week ending


Commissioner Miller Travels to San Saba, Honors Texas Student With ‘GROW’ Award
AUSTIN – Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller


TDA Market Recap March 16, 2015
AUSTIN – (March 16, 2015) For the week ending


Commissioner Miller Asks All Texans to Celebrate National Ag Day
AUSTIN – Agriculture is important in our lives 365


Commissioner Miller Commends Gov. Abbott For Continuing State of Disaster For Texas Counties Suffering From Drought
AUSTIN – Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller


Angela Olige Named an Assistant Commissioner at Texas Department of Agriculture
AUSTIN – Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller today


TDA Market Recap March 9, 2015
AUSTIN – (March 9, 2015) For the week ending March


Students Who Eat a Healthy Breakfast Perform Better at School
National School Breakfast Week promotes importance of the first meal of the day


TDA Market Recap March 3, 2015
AUSTIN – (March 3, 2015) For the week ending Feb.


Texas Department of Agriculture Growing Trade Opportunities With South Korea
Delegation of agriculture leaders visited Texas to discuss quarter horses


Commissioner Miller Announces Nearly a Quarter Million Dollars in Grants to Help Young Farmers
Texas needs new blood, only six percent of farmers and ranchers are under the age of 35


Commissioner Miller Criticizes President for Vetoing Keystone Pipeline Bill
AUSTIN – Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller


TDA Market Recap Feb. 23, 2015
AUSTIN – (Feb. 23, 2015) For the week ending Feb.


Commissioner Miller Blasts Report For Misleading Info On Meat Consumption and Proposal of Beverage Tax
AUSTIN – Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller


TDA Market Recap Feb. 17, 2015
AUSTIN – (Feb. 17, 2015) For the week ending Feb.


Commissioner Miller Honors Leah Warren of Sweetwater High School With ‘GROW’ Award
Award Gives Recognition for Outstanding Work to high-achieving Texas students


Texas Agriculture Hits The Mark With Cupid's Arrow This Valentine’s Day
Agriculture plays role in Valentine’s Day holiday for all Americans


TDA Market Recap Feb. 9, 2015
AUSTIN – (Feb. 9, 2015) For the week ending Feb.


TDA Takes Action Against Grain Warehouse to Protect Farmers From Fraud
Commissioner Miller working to create Fraud Investigation Team


Commissioner Miller Fights to Stop EPA’s Overreach, Applauds Withdrawal of Proposed Rule
AUSTIN – Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller


TDA Market Recap Feb. 2, 2015
AUSTIN – (Feb. 2, 2015) For the week ending Jan.


Texas Agriculture Gets in on the Big Plays at Super Bowl XLIX
AUSTIN —Texas


Texas Department of Agriculture Accepting Summer Nutrition Program
AUSTIN — The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA)


TDA Market Recap Jan. 26, 2015
AUSTIN – (Jan. 26, 2015) For the week ending Jan.


TDA Market Recap Jan. 20, 2015
AUSTIN – (Jan. 20, 2015) For the week ending Jan.


Commissioner Miller Honors Weston Reynolds of Huntington Middle School with ‘GROW’ Award
Award Gives Recognition for Outstanding Work completed by middle and high school students


As First Official Act, Commissioner Miller Announces Amnesty For Cupcakes
Proclamation aims to provide more local control to Texas communities


Sid Miller Takes Oath of Office as Texas Commissioner of Agriculture
Gov. Rick Perry performs swearing-in at Texas State Capitol

Agricultural BMPs
The management of agricultural land affects almost everything. In addition to the land’s productivity in producing food for people and livestock, the quality of soil, water and wildlife habitat is often directly dependent upon the quality of agricultural management. That is why “best management practices” were invented.

Best Management Practices, or BMPs, can help agricultural land and bottom lines. Developed by experienced practitioners or management and research organizations, BMPs are based upon the best available science. By implementing BMPs, landowners will often save money in the long term even as they improve the condition of their land, soil, and water in the short term.

Best Management Practice Downloads
The following are a selection of BMPs culled from various national, regional, state and local sources. Each is available for download as a pdf. BMPs oriented more specifically toward wildlife habitat and invasive & native species are also available on this site.
Pipe Planner for Smarter Irrigation

Delta Plastics' Pipe Planner is a Web-based application designed to help you create the most efficient irrigation system for your row crops. Simply input easily obtained information about your field, well, and polytubing, and Pipe Planner will provide a design that maximizes your field's potential for achieving uniform water application.




TrueHarvest

TrueHarvest is the first and only yield benchmarking service that uses objective, unique and accurate data to show your farm's full range of performance potential, down to a 150 square foot area we call a micro-field.

With TrueHarvest, you can  compare your yields to the full range of performance for comparable land with comparable conditions at the portfolio, field, zone and micro-field levels. You will find that high yield doesn't necessarily mean peak performance and low yield doesn't necessarily mean poor performance.

These "Benchmarks" will help you make better decisions about where to invest - or not invest - resources to optimize yield and profitability on each and every field. Learn more about TrueHarvest here.




Events and Conferences for Farmers
 Western Farm Press provides a list of events and conferences for farmers in the western states. Click here. 



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Putting trees to work in conservation and production systems for farms, ranches, and nearby communities means planting the right trees, in the right places and in the correct design to achieve desired objectives. Agroforestry is a unique land management approach for landowners. The practices provide opportunities to integrate productivity and profitability with environmental stewardship, which can result in healthy and sustainable agricultural systems that can be passed on to future generations.

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Texas has over 191,000 miles of waterways with riparian areas – the green vegetation zones along creeks, rivers and lakes – that provide great economic, social, cultural and environmental value to the state.  Proper management of these areas can reverse years of neglect and result in improved water quality and stable reservoir capacity.  Recommendations given herein are focused on central and eastern Texas and include restoration techniques, plant species selection, monitoring methods, and grazing and cropland management. 

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BMPs for agricultural water users are combinations of site-specific management, educational, and physical practices that have proven to be effective and are economical for conserving water. BMPs have been developed which focus on increasing the water use efficiency of water users such as producers of agricultural crops and of water suppliers such as irrigation districts. BMPs have been developed which focus on conserving rainwater, such as land owners  managing and controlling brush species. BMPs provide a means of measuring the success of agricultural water conservation programs, their costs, and schedules of implementation. Good agricultural water conservation practices can provide benefits to wildlife resources.

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Almost every year some areas of Texas experience drought conditions at some level. For most of us, we don’t think about drought in a year when we have received above normal rainfall totals, we tend to start thinking of drought when the rain stops and the drought is upon us. 

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 Vegetated drainage ditches can help clean up runoff water.

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Conservation buffers such as filter strips, riparian buffers, grassed waterways, and field borders are especially applicable to southeastern landscapes and have multiple environmental benefits while serving to significantly improve wildlife habitats.

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Summary Findings

  • The Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds practice (CP33) is the first Federal conservation practice to target species-specific population recovery goals of a national wildlife conservation initiative (the Northern Bobwhite Conservation Initiative).
  • Over 14 states, breeding bobwhite densities were 70 to 75 percent greater around CP33 buffered fields than around unbuffered crop fields.
  • Fall bobwhite covey densities were 50 to 110 percent greater around CP33 fields than around unbuffered crop fields, and this positive response to CP33 increased each subsequent year of the study.
  • Several upland songbirds (e.g., dickcissel, field sparrow) responded strongly to CP33 in the landscape.
  • Area-sensitive grassland birds (e.g.,grasshopper sparrow) exhibited little response to CP33 buffers.
  • These findings illustrate the wildlife value of field borders and other buffer practices implemented through EQIP, WHIP, and other conservation programs.
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The conservation provisions of the Farm Bill can produce more consistent positive wildlife habitat benefits when policy (program statutes, rules, practices, and practice standards) is developed in the context of explicit goals identified as part of large-scale conservation initiatives.

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A 293 page guide to the Legal Issues in Farming the Wind on your farm from June 2007 Read More »


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This brief document is full of photos that will help landowners to determine what form of algae they may have.  It describes the major types, their causes, effects, and what can be done to manage algal blooms. Read More »


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This fact sheet provides techniques acceptable for organic and integrated pest management.  It specifically addresses house flies, horn flies, face flies, and stable flies. Read More »


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When managed properly, irrigation of crops with effluent reduces a producer’s reliance on commercial fertilizers and helps protect surface and groundwater quality. To use effluent efficiently while avoiding over irrigating it on crop and pasture land, producers must know:

  • The N, P and K needs of the crop, based on a realistic goal for yields.
  • The N, P and K in the soil available to the plants before irrigation.
  • The amounts of N, P and K in the effluent that will be irrigated.

This Texas Agrilife publication tells you how.

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Application of dairy compost for stormwater management and on Dept of Transportation projects.

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Nutrient Management is defined as the management of the 4R's of Nutrient Management:Right amount (rate), Right source, Right placement (method of application), Right timing of commercial fertilizers, manure, soil amendments, and organic by-products to agricultural landscapes as a source of plant nutrients while protecting local air, soil and water quality.
 
The corner stone for Nutrient Management is the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) 590 Nutrient Management Conservation Practice Standard. Contact John Davis via phone at 202-720-2308, or email j.russell.davis@wdc.usda.gov
 
In addition to the 590 Nutrient Management Standard, NRCS provides further guidance on the application of nutrient management via the National Nutrient Management Policy and National Instruction.
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Gives an overview of prevention techniques for live fish, shellfish, ornamental fish and invertebrates, aquatic plants, marine shrimp and freshwater prawns. A list of all Southern Regional Aquaculture Center factsheets (more than 150) are available at https://srac.tamu.edu/index.cfm/event/viewAllSheets/

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Covers major nutrient groups, micronutrients, digestion and metabolism, feed, and feeding practices. A list of all Southern Regional Aquaculture Center factsheets (more than 150) are available at https://srac.tamu.edu/index.cfm/event/viewAllSheets/

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Lists toxicities of many different chemicals and how to reduce the risk of pesticide drift. A list of all Southern Regional Aquaculture Center factsheets (more than 150) are available at https://srac.tamu.edu/index.cfm/event/viewAllSheets/

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Discusses pathogens and parasites, genetic alterations, and genetically modified organisms. A list of all Southern Regional Aquaculture Center factsheets (more than 150) are available at https://srac.tamu.edu/index.cfm/event/viewAllSheets/ Read More »


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A must-read for any responsible aquaculturist contemplating non-native species production. A list of all Southern Regional Aquaculture Center factsheets (more than 150) are available at https://srac.tamu.edu/index.cfm/event/viewAllSheets/

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Facilities design, requirements, and regulations. A list of all Southern Regional Aquaculture Center factsheets (more than 150) are available at https://srac.tamu.edu/index.cfm/event/viewAllSheets/.

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Pros and cons and essentials for this system. A list of all Southern Regional Aquaculture Center factsheets (more than 150) are available at https://srac.tamu.edu/index.cfm/event/viewAllSheets/

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Important personal, feasibility, and financial factors to consider. A list of all Southern Regional Aquaculture Center factsheets (more than 150) are available at https://srac.tamu.edu/index.cfm/event/viewAllSheets/ Read More »


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Advantages and disadvantages of one of the four primary methods of aquaculture: ponds, raceways, recirculating systems or cages. A list of all Southern Regional Aquaculture Center factsheets (more than 150) are available at https://srac.tamu.edu/index.cfm/event/viewAllSheets/

 

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The importance of aeration in aquaculture and various methods how to.
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Advantages and disadvantages of one of the four primary methods of aquaculture: ponds, raceways, recirculating systems or cages. The Southern Regional Aquaculture Center also lists all their available factsheets online. A list of all SRAC factsheets (more than 150) are available at https://srac.tamu.edu/index.cfm/event/viewAllSheets/ Read More »


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A discussion of the fish stocked in recreational fishing ponds as food for species such as largemouth bass.  Includes bluegill, redear sunfish, fathead minnow, golden shiner, threadfin shad, and tilapia and other species. The Southern Regional Aquaculture Center also lists all their available factsheets online.  A list of all SRAC factsheets (more than 150) are available at https://srac.tamu.edu/index.cfm/event/viewAllSheets/ Read More »


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Characteristics and requirements of the three most common baitfish in the South: the golden shiner, fathead minnow or goldfish. The Southern Regional Aquaculture Center also lists all their available factsheets online. A list of all SRAC factsheets (more than 150) are available at https://srac.tamu.edu/index.cfm/event/viewAllSheets/

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The primary goal of this Southern Regional Aquaculture Center (SRAC) project was to start verification programs in participating states (i.e., Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, North Carolina and South Carolina), with an emphasis on developing the interdisciplinary process and internal committees within each state. 
  • Objective 1: To develop and implement verification programs of recommended management practices for  catfish and crawfish production systems in participating states.
  • Objective 2: To publish guidelines for developing infrastructure, implementing programs, and assessing the  results and benefits of aquaculture management verification.
  • Objective 3: To publish the recommended management plans developed in Objective 1.
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Strategies and cost estimates for various forms of frightening programs and exclusion or barrier methods of control. A list of all Southern Regional Aquaculture Center factsheets (more than 150) are available at https://srac.tamu.edu/index.cfm/event/viewAllSheets/ Read More »

BMPs oriented more specifically toward energy efficiency, wildlife habitat and invasive & native species are also available on this site.

Farm and Agriculture Community Supported Agriculture
Community Supported AgricultureCommunity-supported agriculture (CSA) is generally the practice of focusing on the local production of high quality foods using ecological, organic or biodynamic farming methods. The core design includes developing a cohesive consumer group that is willing to fund a whole season's budget in order to get quality foods. By CSA theory, the more a farm embraces whole-farm, whole-budget support, the more it can focus on quality and reduce the risk of food waste or financial loss. Most CSAs have a transparent whole season budget for producing a specified wide array of products for a set number of weeks a year as well as a 'shared risk and reward' agreement, i.e. that the consumers eat what the farmers grow even with the vagaries of seasonal growing.

CSA is a relatively new model of food production, sales, and distribution aimed at both increasing the quality of food and the quality of care given the land, plants and animals - while substantially reducing potential food losses and financial risks for the producers. CSA's focus is usually on a system of weekly delivery or pick-up of vegetables, sometimes also flowers, fruits, herbs, milk or meat products. An advantage of the close consumer-producer relationship is increased freshness of the produce, because it does not have to be shipped long distances. The close proximity of the farm to the members also helps the environment by reducing pollution caused by transporting the produce.

Typically, CSA farms are small, independent, labor-intensive, family farms. By providing a guaranteed market through prepaid annual sales, consumers essentially help finance farming operations. Individuals, families or groups do not pay for x pounds of produce, but rather support the budget of the whole farm and receive weekly what is seasonally ripe. This allows farmers to not only focus on quality growing, it can also somewhat level the playing field in a food market that favors usually large-scale, industrialized agriculture over local food. The cost of a share is usually competitively priced when compared to the same amount of vegetables conventionally-grown, partly because the cost of distribution is lowered.

Food Hubs are "business or organization that actively manages the aggregation, distribution, and marketing of course-identified food products primarily from local and regional producers to strengthen their ability to satisfy wholesale, retail, and institutional demand." According to the USDA’s Regional Food Hub Resource Guide.

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Farm and Agriculture Community Supported Agriculture News
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ReporterNews.com

Farm bill conference has 47 members and counting - POLITICO
Politico
With help from Liz Crampton, Adam Behsudi, Doug Palmer and Maria Curi. FARM BILL CONFERENCE HAS 47 MEMBERS ... SO FAR: House Speaker Paul ...
Arrington looks forward to representing West Texas' interests on farm bill committeeReporterNews.com
House farm bill conference committee members named - Farm and ...Farm and Dairy

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yourbasin.com

Democratic nominee for Texas Commissioner of Agriculture visiting the basin this week
yourbasin.com
Democratic nominee for Texas Commissioner of Agriculture visiting the basin this week ... 9:00am-10:00am, Midland Memorial Hospital Community Garden Tour at 2200 W Illinois Ave, Midland. 10:30am-11:30am, Midland Memorial Hospital West Campus.




Spectrum News

Lawmakers review Hurricane Harvey's impact on agriculture
Spectrum News
"We're talking about not only lives, but livelihoods of our rural Texas communities, a lot of those communities are Ag-based. The funding and community is based on agriculture, which is a huge industry in the state of Texas and if we can support that ...
Gaines AgriLife Extension to Host Farm Bill Update Session July 24thSeminole Sentinel

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CBS19.tv KYTX

Well-known member of Lindale community dies after motorcycle crash
CBS19.tv KYTX
HENDERSON COUNTY — Kerry Wayland Hicks, a 51-year-old Lindale man and well-known member of his community, died after a motorcycle crash that happened at around 8:40 a.m. Wednesday on Farm to Market 317. According to DPS, Hicks was ...

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Texas Tribune

"No question, it's going to hurt": Trump trade war with China worries Texas agriculture
Texas Tribune
He said the farm bureau always supports negotiating trade disputes over gratuitous tariffs — but that many farmers hope the president's actions will force China, which has historically acted in ways that have harmed Texas agriculture, to the ...
Texas Farmers Caught In Crossfire of US-China Trade WarHouston Public Media

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San Antonio Express-News

Texas Gulf Coast community gears up to fight crude oil export terminal
San Antonio Express-News
PORT ARANSAS — Cathy Fulton can't forget how quickly Hurricane Harvey came barreling into this barrier island, leaving residents little time to do anything but ...

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The Cross Timbers Gazette

90th annual North Texas Fair and Rodeo coming up
The Cross Timbers Gazette
“We continue to support youth, agriculture and community,” said Glenn Carlton, Executive Director of the NTFR. “We strive every year to make this event better than the year before. We want to bring you fun and excitement for the whole family,” Carlton ...




Tyler Morning Telegraph

Q&A: Sid Miller talks selling rice to China, school lunches and barbecue policies during a campaign stop in Tyler
Tyler Morning Telegraph
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller stands in front of the Texas flag at Renard Group Advertising in Tyler, Texas, on Thursday, July 12, 2018. Miller came to Tyler to speak to local agricultural leaders about the state of the Texas agricultural ...

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WGNO

Nearly 100 bodies found at a Texas construction site were probably black people forced into labor — after slavery ended
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Reginald Moore took an interest in historical cemeteries after working as a Texas state prison guard in the 1980s. He no longer works at the prison, but he's still a community activist. One of his main focuses: getting people to recognize the abuses of ...

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This presentation illustrates what the core components of food hubs are; provides examples of  successful food hubs, one urban - La Montanita Co-op Food Market in New Mexico, and one rural - Appalachian Sustainable Development in Virginia; describes the lessons learned to date about coordinating successful food hubs; maps existing and potential food hubs; and, finally, gives the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Regional Food Hub Subcommittees work plan for the future.

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Farm and Agriculture Agritourism
Agritourism is a business on a working farm, or other agricultural enterprise that offers an educational and fun experience for visitors while generating supplemental income for the owner such as...U-pick gardens, farm arts & crafts, seasonal festivals, or just about any agricultural actitivty that brings income from agriculture.

This concept is a direct expansion of ecotourism, which encourages visitors to experience agricultural life at first hand. This type of tourism is gathering strong support from small communities as rural people have realised the benefits of sustainable development brought about by similar forms of "green tourism". Visitors have the opportunity to work in the fields alongside real farmers and wade knee-deep in the sea with fishermen hauling in their nets.


Farm and Agriculture Farm and Ranch Alternative Enterprise and Agritourism Resource Evaluation Guide
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This guide is designed to assist farmers and ranchers in taking the first step in identifying alternative enterprises and agritourism opportunities on their farm or ranch. It is designed to provide a basic understanding of how the interaction of soil, water, animals, plants, air, and human resources, and the conservation of them, provide opportunities for the development of alternative enterprises and agritourism. Changing to a new enterprise involves different production techniques, processing methods, and marketing activities.

This is an interactive web-based tool based on the NRCS publication Taking the First Step: Farm and Ranch Alternative Enterprise and Agritourism Resource Evaluation Guide dated January 2004 on the NRCS website here It is a database driven application that allows users to collect and store the information for each farmer's and rancher's assessment of their natural, family, and community resources.

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