Texas Commissioner of Agriculture
|Texas Commissioner of Agriculture|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2013 FY Budget:||$592,338,350|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Texas Agricultural Code, Chapter 11, Section 1|
|Next election:||November 4, 2014|
|Last election:||November 2, 2010|
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The Commissioners powers, term of office, etc. are derived from Chapter 11 of the Texas Agricultural Code.
Chapter 11 Section 1:
|The Department of Agriculture is under the direction of the commissioner of agriculture, who is responsible for exercising the powers and performing the duties assigned to the department by this code or other law.|
Chapter 11 of the Texas Agricultural Code establishes the requirements for office:
Section 5, Chapter 11:
| To be eligible for election as commissioner or appointment to fill a vacancy in the office of commissioner, a person must:
The commissioner of agriculture is elected to a four-year term. In Texas, the commissioner is elected in 2010, 2014, and 2018.
To view the electoral history dating back to 2002 for the office of Texas Agriculture Commissioner, Click [show] to expand the section.
Under Article 4, Section 12 of the state constitution, "all vacancies in State or district offices, except members of the Legislature, shall be filled unless otherwise provided by law by appointment of the Governor."
The commissioner of agriculture performs specific duties in several different areas:
- Regulates all fuel pumps in Texas to ensure drivers get the correct quality and amount of fuel
- Regulates all weights and measures devices, such as grocery store scales and retail price scanners, to ensure consumers are charged advertised prices
- Regulates pesticide use and application from residential to commercial use
- Certifies organically-produced products to help ensure consumers have a reliable supply of organic products
- Protects agricultural crops, such as citrus and cotton, from harmful pests and diseases
- Facilitates trade and market development of agricultural commodities ranging from livestock to crops to ensure Texas remains the nation's leader in the production of cattle, cotton, hay, sheep, wool, goats, mohair and horses
- Provides financial assistance to farmers and ranchers in the form of loan guarantees, interest rate reductions and even grants for young farmers
- Administers grant funds for agricultural research to develop new technologies
- Advocates for policies at the federal, state, and local level that are beneficial to the $106 billion agriculture sector, which comprises 10% of the Texas economy
- Administers the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs for Texas school children
- Fights obesity in Texas through a statewide campaign highlighting the 3E's of Healthy Living - *Education, Exercise and Eating Right
- Administers assistance to feed the hungry through the Texans Feeding Texans initiative
- Provides tools for communities to attract businesses and pursue other economic development opportunities
- Offers infrastructure grants to rural communities
- Leads in the development of statewide broadband services
- Administers the Certified Retirement Community program to attract retirees to the second leading retirement state in the U.S.
- Markets Texas products, cultures and communities through the GO TEXAN branded campaign
- Food and Nutrition Division
- Pesticide Programs Division
- Regulatory Division
- Rural Economic Development Division
The budget for the Department of Agriculture in Fiscal Year 2013 was $592,338,350.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
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Texas Department of Agriculture
1700 N. Congress, 11th Floor
Austin TX 78701
- Phone: (512) 463-7476
- TTY: (800) 735-2989
- Fax: (888) 223-8861
- Governor: Rick Perry (R)
- Lieutenant Governor: David Dewhurst (R)
- Attorney General: Greg Abbott (R)
- Auditor of State: John Keel
- Secretary of State: Nandita Berry (R)
- Agriculture Commissioner: Todd Staples (R)
- Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA)
- Commissioner Staples' official blog
- TDA on Facebook
- TDA on Twitter
- TDA Flickr photos
- TDA YouTube channel
- Texas Department of Agriculture, "Homepage," accessed July 21, 2013
- Texas Department of Agriculture, "Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples," accessed July 21, 2013
- Chapter 11, Section 1 of the Texas Agricultural Code
- Texas Agricultural Code Chapter 11
- Texas statutes, "Title 2, Chapter 11: Administration; Department of Agriculture," accessed December 27, 2011
- Texas Department of Agriculture, "What does the TDA do?" accessed December 27, 2011
- Divisions, retrieved November 7, 2011.
- Legislative Reference Library of Texas , "General Appropriations Act for the 2012-2013 Biennium," accessed April 6, 2013
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," January 28, 2014
- The Council of State Governments,"The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11," retrieved November 4, 2011