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Happy New Year, Friends!

January 6, 2016

It’s hard to believe another year is already under our belts, and 2015 was a great one for Texas agriculture. From much-needed rainfall and bountiful harvests to the rebuilding of herds, the Texas agriculture industry continues to thrive. Unfortunately, Mother Nature’s unpredictability is part of our daily lives as agricultural producers, and we rounded out […]

Giving Agriculture a Voice in Washington, D.C.

January 6, 2016

TDA is working hard to give Texas agricultural producers a voice in venues across the country and around the world. In fact, last month, Commissioner Miller traveled to Washington, D.C., to spread the word that Texas agriculture matters on Capitol Hill. Commissioner Miller met with lawmakers and federal officials and fought for the issues that […]

Applications Being Accepted for Shrimp Marketing Committee, Deadline is Jan. 22

January 6, 2016

Want to make a positive impact on the Texas shrimp industry? TDA is looking to fill spots on the Texas Shrimp Marketing Program Advisory Committee. The committee was created by the Texas Legislature to assist TDA in marketing Texas Gulf shrimp, as well as assess the state of the Texas shrimp industry and develop recommendations […]

TDA Employee Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

January 6, 2016

Congratulations to Randy Rivera, TDA’s administrator for agriculture protection and certification, for receiving the Norman Borlaug Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas Plant Protection Association (TPPA). The award honors Randy’s contributions to TPPA and the Texas agriculture industry. Randy’s career at TDA has spanned 28 years, from his time working in TDA’s seed lab in […]

TDA Awards $1.8 Million to Improve Production of Fruits, Vegetables And Specialty Crops

January 6, 2016

In December, Commissioner Miller announced TDA awarded more than $1.8 million in federal funding to 15 specialty crop projects across the state. Administered by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program helps enhance markets for specialty crops like fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits and nursery crops. These grants also help promote […]

Networking Works for Agriculture and Young Texans

January 6, 2016

TDA’s innovative new Farm Fresh Network offers a simple way for Texas farmers, ranchers and distributors to connect their agricultural products with the schools and child care centers in their communities. Agricultural producers can simply go online and enter their product and contact information, and the Texas Farm Fresh Network does the rest. Schools and […]

Texas Wine and Texas Flowers: A Winning Combination

January 6, 2016

In Texas, Valentine’s Day calls for something unique. A beautiful arrangement of Texas flowers paired with a Lone Star wine is a distinctive, personal gift that delivers the extra something special the holiday demands. When you give an extraordinary gift from close to home, you are sure to wow any Texan. It’s a combination that […]

Applications for Plant Seed Board Due Jan. 30

January 6, 2016

TDA is currently accepting applications to fill a seat on the Texas Seed and Plant Board. The six-member board prescribes rules and procedures by which seed and plant certification is conducted in Texas and serves as the mechanism for proposing new seed varieties for Texas growers. Additionally, the board reviews and approves foundation, registered and […]

Weigh Stations Weigh More Than Just Trucks

January 6, 2016

In an effort to enhance biosecurity and consumer protection, TDA monitors agriculture plant products entering the state through a critical entry point inspection program. Road station inspections serve as a vital tool in conducting quarantine enforcement. Using weigh station sites in cooperation with the Texas Department of Public Safety, TDA inspectors stop commercial vehicles for […]

Appointments Announced for Texas Wine Industry Development Advisory Committee

January 6, 2016

The Texas Wine Industry Development Advisory Committee helps assess the condition of Texas’ wine industry and develops recommendations for Commissioner Miller to assist in promoting and expanding the industry. The committee is a key component of TDA’s efforts to administer the Wine Industry Development Fund and Texas Wine Marketing Assistance Progra m. In December, Commissioner […]