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House Committee on Agriculture and Livestock - 87th R.S. (2021)

Committee Members
DeWayne Burns, Chair
Charles 'Doc' Anderson, Vice Chair
Ernest Bailes
Sheryl Cole
John Cyrier
Ryan Guillen
Abel Herrero
Jon Rosenthal
Steve Toth
Charges
• Monitor the agencies and programs under the Committee’s jurisdiction and oversee the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 87th Legislature. Conduct active oversight of all associated rulemaking and other governmental actions taken to ensure the intended legislative outcome of all legislation, including the following:
  • HB 2089 87th R.S., relating to the detection and mitigation of plant pests and diseases;
  • SB 1 87th R.S., Rider 27 (Department of Agriculture), which relates to determining methods to increase the number of grocery stores in food deserts; and
  • SB 1 87th R.S. Rider 28 (Department of Agriculture), which relates to the Experimental Use Program for feral hog abatement.
• Study the access of the state’s agricultural industry to available capital through loans, grants, or other sources. Make recommendations to ensure the agricultural industry has sufficient access to available capital, as well as how the Texas Department of Agriculture can educate farmers, agricultural producers, and others about available sources of capital.
• Study the impact on agricultural operations, including the operations of dairy facilities, of governmental and regulatory requirements and practices including those that prevent or prohibit an activity that is a normally accepted agricultural practice, and make recommendations to facilitate and encourage agricultural and dairy production in the state.

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