Local Beginning Farmer News ItemsCommissioner Miller Issues Call to Eliminate Back Up at the Border4/5/2019 2:54:00 PM
AUSTIN – Today, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller issued a call to action for the legislature to eliminate a backup at the border . . . not of people, but products. With an increase in trade and some Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) personnel redirected to deal with the migrant crisis, some commercial trucks are waiting in lines up to 12 hours to get their products into the United States.
Commissioner Miller Rallies Support For USMCA Passage3/21/2019 1:00:00 AM
AUSTIN- As president of Southern U.S. Trade Association (SUSTA), Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller today announced he has built a coalition of agriculture leaders across the south to support approval of the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) pending before Congress.
Commissioner Miller Promotes A Healthier Future For Fellow Texans3/15/2019 10:44:25 AM
(AUSTIN) Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller has announced he is expanding his efforts to promote locally grown food beyond Texas school nutrition programs to include afterschool programs, and child and adult day care facilities.
Commissioner Miller Kicks Off School Breakfast Week3/4/2019 12:17:05 PM
AUSTIN – Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller announced the start of School Breakfast Week, which runs March 4 through 8, and reminds Texas students that a great day starts with a healthy breakfast.
Commissioner Miller Hosting Major Trade Meeting In Washington D.C.2/25/2019 12:54:59 PM
AUSTIN – Today, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is in the nation's capital to preside at the Southern United States Trade Association (SUSTA) meeting held in conjunction with the 2019 National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) Winter Policy Conference. Miller is president of SUSTA.
Commissioner Sid Miller To Join President Trump For El Paso Border Visit2/9/2019 2:35:00 PM
AUSTIN — Today, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller announced he has been asked by the White House to join President Donald J. Trump in El Paso for what is expected to be a major event to rally public support for the president’s plan to build a wall along the southern border with Mexico.
Commissioner Miller Encourages Participation in 2019 Summer Nutrition Programs1/28/2019 10:00:00 AM
AUSTIN – Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller today announced the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) is accepting applications for its 2019 summer nutrition programs. These programs connect community organizations and schools with federal funds to provide healthy meals for Texas children who may not always have access to good nutrition when school cafeterias are closed for summer.
Texas Department Of Agriculture’s Farm Fresh Network Reaches 100 Member Milestone1/24/2019 1:00:00 AM
AUSTIN – One hundred agricultural producers in Texas have joined the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) Farm Fresh Network. Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller created the Farm Fresh Network in 2015 to help connect Texans to local agriculture through nutrition programs administered by TDA. TDA will recognize the achievement at the TDA Community Nutrition Conference, February 11-13, 2019, in Georgetown, TX.
Media Advisory: Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller Will Be Sworn-In For 2nd Term At Pharr International Bridge To Highlight Texas Border1/9/2019 1:15:00 PM
AUSTIN — Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller has announced he will be sworn-in for his second term in office this Monday, Jan. 14. The ceremony will take place in Pharr, Texas at the Pharr International Bridge along the Texas-Mexico border. Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman will conduct the oath of office. Commissioner Miller will be joined by dignitaries and elected officials, as well as officials from the neighboring Mexican state of Tamaulipas, including Governor Francisco Javier Cabeza de Vaca. The swearing-in will be streamed on Facebook Live.
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller Statement Regarding New EPA Policy On Waters Of The U.S (WOTUS). 12/11/2018 4:20:12 PM
AUSTIN - Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller provided this statement on the signing of new Waters of the U.S. rules at EPA today
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Calls On Congress To Lift Federal Restrictions On Industrial Hemp Production12/6/2018 4:47:53 PM
AUSTIN – Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller today called on Congress to lift the almost century-old federal ban on hemp production in the United States. The provision is included in the new 2018 Farm Bill before Congress. Hemp is the non-narcotic cousin of marijuana and the source of a sturdy fiber and CBD oil, a substance widely used for therapeutic purposes such as treating medical conditions like seizures.
Texas Department of Agriculture Releases First GO TEXAN® Christmas Gift Guide11/30/2018 2:52:00 PM
AUSTIN – Today, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller proudly released the first GO TEXAN® Holiday Gift Guide to help Texans go local and GO TEXAN® this holiday season. The electronic publication is available for free to subscribers of the monthly GO TEXAN® ezine and on the GO TEXAN® website. It highlights hand-crafted specialty items ranging from food and beverages to health and beauty from more than 80 GO TEXAN® member companies.
Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller Honors Texas Farm and Ranch Families at 43rd Annual Family Land Heritage Ceremony10/30/2018 4:00:00 PM
AUSTIN - In a celebration of agriculture and family heritage, Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller and the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) honored 70 farms and ranches spanning 53 Texas counties at the 43rd Annual Family Land Heritage (FLH) ceremony at the State Capitol today. The ceremony, held in the historic House Chamber, recognizes Texas families who have kept their farms and ranches in continuous agricultural production for 100 years or more.
Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller Slashes Fees On Texas Eggs10/11/2018 1:00:00 AM
(AUSTIN) Today, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller announced he is slashing the fees placed on licensed Texas egg producers by 20%, thanks to the health of the egg industry, expansion of the egg export market, and program cost savings implemented by Miller since taking office.
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller Statement Regarding U.S. Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)10/2/2018 10:00:00 AM
“I am pleased that President Trump has worked with Mexico and Canada to craft a new trade agreement to replace NAFTA. The new U.S. Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is exactly the boost in confidence Texas farmers and ranchers needed as we move towards expanding markets and making sure we are not just getting ‘free’ trade, but ‘fair’ trade with our agreements.”
Commissioner Miller Kicks Off Annual Farm Fresh Challenge For Texas Schools10/1/2018 10:00:00 AM
AUSTIN – Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller today announced the start of the Texas Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) annual Farm Fresh Challenge for Texas schools. Formerly known as the Local Products Challenge, the event runs throughout October and recognizes school nutrition teams that serve more local products in meals while teaching children about foods grown and raised in Texas. This year TDA added social media as a challenge goal by encouraging schools to share their successes online. More than 216 school districts and charter school organizations have pledged participation for 2018.
Commissioner Sid Miller Announces Progress On Cattle Fever Tick Spray Boxes After Trip To Washington D.C.9/24/2018 10:00:00 AM
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller today announced that progress is being made on his efforts to protect Texas cattle from any adverse effects from pesticide spray boxes used to combat the deadly Cattle Fever Tick. Miller announced, as a result of his meetings in Washington, he has secured the option for cattle producers to hand-spray their livestock in lieu of using the spray boxes. Also, the Texas Department of Agriculture has published a new rule related to the spray boxes and is actively seeking input from ranchers and industry representatives.
TDA Awarded $600,000 For Global Trade Effort9/20/2018 10:17:00 AM
(AUSTIN) Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller accepted a grant for $600,000 from the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) of the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of International Trade this week. The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) will use the funding to expand export-related activities of small businesses in Texas and increase export dollars earned by those companies.