Local Beginning Farmer News ItemsCommissioner Miller To Hold First Texas Olive Oil Advisory Board Meeting12/4/2019 1:00:00 AM
AUSTIN – Today, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller announced the Texas Department of Agriculture will hold its first Olive Oil Advisory Board meeting on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. The nine-member board will meet at the TDA headquarters in the Stephen F. Austin building in downtown Austin. The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. and will be open to the public.
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller Honors Lives And Sacrafices Made by Farmers and Ranchers11/22/2019 9:29:00 AM
AUSTIN – Today, Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller and the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) honored 15 of our state’s farmers and ranchers who lost their lives or were severely injured in agriculture-related pursuits at the 4th Annual Texas Agriculture Memorial Day ceremony at the State Capitol today. On the south steps of the Capitol, Commissioner Miller accepted a memorial wreath carried by state FFA and 4-H youth leaders on behalf of the family members. In the Capitol Extension Auditorium, a solemn memorial ceremony was attended by invited guests and family members of those being honored.
MEDIA ADVISORY: Texas Agriculture Memorial Day Honors the Lives And Sacrifices Made By Farmers and Ranchers 11/19/2019 2:58:00 PM
AUSTIN — On Thursday, November 21, Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller and the Texas Department of Agriculture will host the fourth Annual Texas Agriculture Memorial Day at the State Capitol in Austin. Texas Agriculture Memorial Day is a day to remember the lives and honor the sacrifices of Texas farmers and ranchers whose dedication to agriculture contributes so much to our heritage and our economy.
Getting Rid of Pesticides the TDA Way 11/12/2019 12:47:00 PM
AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service joined forces Wednesday, November 6 to host a Pesticide Waste Collection and Pesticide Container Recycling event in Weslaco, Texas. This free, public event allowed agriculture producers to safely dispose of unwanted pesticides and pesticide containers.
Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller Honors Texas Farm and Ranch Families at 44th Annual Family Land Heritage Ceremony10/30/2019 1:00:00 AM
AUSTIN – In a celebration of agriculture and family heritage, Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller and the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) honored 58 farms and ranches spanning 38 Texas counties at the 44th 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.
Commissioner Miller Announces Federal Hemp Rules Released10/29/2019 4:30:00 PM
AUSTIN, TX - Today, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller announced the USDA has released the interim final rules for the U.S. Domestic Hemp Program. These rules define the 2018 Farm Bill and serve as a framework for states like Texas that are planning to build an industrial hemp growing program. With these guidelines in place, the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) can now submit a state hemp plan to USDA for approval.
Commissioner Miller Kicks Off Annual Farm Fresh Challenge For Schools In Texas10/2/2019 12:44:35 PM
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. Schools are encouraged to buy Texas grown foods, teach students about the importance of agriculture, and celebrate their activities on social media. More than 220 school districts and charter school organizations have pledged participation for 2019. The Farm Fresh Challenge takes place at participating National School Lunch Program schools throughout October.
Texas Department of Agriculture Connects Texans In Need With Healthy Meals In Child And Adult Care Food Program 10/1/2019 12:39:00 PM
AUSTIN – Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller reminds Texans that the federally funded Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) offers nutritious meals to children and adults in need across the Lone Star State. Approximately 13,000 Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) partners at adult day care centers, child care centers and home-based day cares in Texas serve nutritious free or reduced priced meals through CACFP.
Sunset Advisory Commission Invites Public Input on the Texas Department of Agriculture9/30/2019 3:36:17 PM
The Sunset Advisory Commission is reviewing the mission and performance of the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA)
Commissioner Miller kicks off 2019 Texas Farm Fresh Jump with Jill Live Tour9/5/2019 1:00:00 AM
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
Commissioner Sid Miller visits Houston to lend a hand in fight against dangerous citrus disease8/29/2019 3:21:00 PM
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.
COMMISSIONER MILLER SEEKS MEMBERS FOR NEW TEXAS OLIVE OIL ADVISORY BOARD7/18/2019 5:12:59 PM
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.
OPINION: The Unknown Perot7/12/2019 1:00:00 AM
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.
TDA Announces EPA Relaxes Restrictions on Use of Dicamba in Texas6/25/2019 1:00:00 AM
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.
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller Statement Regarding Governor Abbott Signing Industrial Hemp Legislation6/11/2019 1:00:00 AM
AUSTIN - Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller provided this statement on Governor Abbott signing industrial hemp legislation.
Commissioner Miller Promotes a Healthy Summer for Young Texans6/6/2019 1:00:00 AM
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.
Commissioner Miller Extends Application Deadline for Annual Family Land Heritage Program5/31/2019 1:00:00 AM
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.