Texas Dpt. of Ag Official Release: Working for a Healthier Future for Young Texans

March 31, 2016

CHILD CARE CENTER BUILDING A HEALTHIER FUTURE FOR YOUNG TEXANS TDA program promotes best practices, improved nutrition in child care centers SAN ANTONIO – Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller today visited the Kids R Fun child care center in San Antonio and planted a garden full of zucchini, basil, tomatoes and bell peppers with young Texans enrolled […]

TDA Official Release: Commissioner Miller Helping Texas Farmers and Ranchers Get Rid of Feral Hogs

March 23, 2016

County, state partnership at the center of latest abatement efforts AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) today announced the 2016 Coordinated Hog Out Management Program (CHOMP), which will run from May 1-31, 2016. The effort is focused on decreasing the feral hog population in Texas, which inflicts an estimated $52 million in agricultural damage each […]

Commissioner Miller Issues Statement Marking National And Texas Ag Day

March 15, 2016

AUSTIN – Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller today issued the following statement about the significance of Texas agriculture on our lives, as we mark National Ag Day 2016. Gov. Greg Abbott has also declared today as Ag Day in Texas to coincide with the national celebration. “Texas agriculture matters because it provides food, fiber and jobs for […]

Video: A Conversation with Sid Miller

March 10, 2016

Video: A Conversation with Sid Miller March 10, 2016 Full video of my March 10, 2016 conversation with The Texas Tribube. Topics discussed: the state of ag, the decline in rural population, fee increases, cupcakes and deep fryers, and making America great again. This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at

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 […]