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Commissioner of Agriculture

Four-year term. Must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, and a Texas resident for at least 12 months. Among duties: regulates fuel pumps and weights and measures devices; regulates pesticide use and application; certifies organically produced products; facilitates trade and market development of agricultural commodities. Current annual salary: $137,500Plazo de cuatro años. Debe tener por lo menos 18 años de edad, ser ciudadano de Estados Unidos y residente de Texas por lo menos durante 12 meses. Deberes: establecer los reglamentos para las bombas de gasolina y para los dispositivos de pesos y mediciones; esta­blecer los reglamentos sobre el uso y la aplicación de pesticidas; certifica los productos producidos orgánicamente; facilita el desarrollo del comercio y mercado de productos agrícolas. Salario anual actual: $137,500
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    Trey Blocker (Rep) Currently an ethics attorney, conservative podcast host, President of the Civil Liberties Foundation, owner of custom homebuilding business, former governmental affairs consultant, former legislative

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    Sid Miller (Rep) Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, farmer and rancher

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    Kim Olson (Dem) Farmer, veteran (Col., USAF ret.), pilot, administrator, public servant

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Biographical Information

Background: What training, experience, and characteristics qualify you for this position?

Disaster relief: Do you support or oppose supplementing the privately funded State of Texas Agriculture Relief Fund with taxpayer money to finance disaster assistance needs of farmers, ranchers, producers, and agribusiness owners in restoring operations and rebuilding property following catastrophic droughts and hurricanes? Why?

Responsibilities: Which responsibilities of the Texas Department of Agriculture are your highest priorities for the next 4 years, and how do you intend to accomplish them?

Other Issues: What other issues do you consider the most important, and how would you address them?

Campaign Phone (512) 423-6116
Twitter @TreyBlocker
Education BA – Hampden-Sydney College, Virginia J.D. – Univ. of Texas School of Law Attended Dallas Theological Seminary
I have worked my entire career representing agriculture and rural Texas – from serving as staff to rural members of the Legislature to advocating for agriculture groups to advance their interests with the Legislature.
The beauty of the STAR fund is that it is 100% privately funded (preferred method of helping neighbors). However, we all depend on Texas Agriculture for our food and clothing, so it’s essential that their operations be restored as soon as possible. If the STAR fund is inadequate to ensure food safety and security, the Legislature should consider supplementing it.
I have a good working relationship with the Governor, Lt. Governor and most legislators and will work with them to preserve, protect, and promote Texas agriculture.

I want to restore honesty, integrity, and fiscal responsibility to the Texas Department of Agriculture. The current commissioner has raised taxes, grown the government bureaucracy, and had ethical problems.
As Commissioner, I will not consistently embarrass the agency and its employees or the state of Texas and will lead our employees with a greater sense of focus, vision and purpose.

I will refocus TDA on its core mission ensure that they can provide the food, fuel, and clothing that our state, our nation, and the world need. It's time to put Agriculture first.
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Campaign Phone (265) 968-3535
Twitter @millerfortexas
Education Cisco Junior College, Associate of Arts Degree Honors graduate of Tarleton State University, Bachelor of Science in Vocational Agriculture Education
I'm honored to be our state's 12th Commissioner of Agriculture. It's a job I have been preparing for all my life as a farmer, rancher, commercial nurseryman, nine-time World Champion rodeo cowboy, and as a vocational ag teacher and FFA advisor.
The STAR FUND is funded entirely by the private sector to provide disaster assistance to farmers, ranchers, producers, and agribusiness owners who have been adversely impacted by disasters such as hurricanes, tornados, and wildfires. The STAR FUND should remain a voluntary and privately funded program to assist Texans in need without the use of any taxpayer funded dollars.
1) Expand our TDA GO TEXAN marketing program marketing Texas agriculture products around the globe.

2) Continue our program of making Texas school lunches great again. We’ve already made great progress by repealing all the burdensome TDA mandates and rules on our Texas schools.

3) Strengthen TDA's consumer protection division and ensure that Texans are not ripped off.
Since I took office, pesticide audits have increased by over 300 percent and consumers and their children are now better protected. I have also initiated a program to protect consumers against identity thief by detecting credit card skimmers at the gas pumps. I'll continue to find ways to work more efficiently with less tax dollars, while enhancing consumer protections.
Campaign Phone (903) 245-4233
Twitter @kimolson4txag
Education Bachelor's Degree in Education, MBA, Two more master's, both in National Security, Certified Texas AgriLife Master Gardener
Texas Women’s Hall of Fame, 25 yrs USAF Col., first generation of female pilots, 3 yrs TX State Guard, 4th generation farmer, Dallas ISD HR Director, Weatherford School Board, (TX Outstanding Board of the Year), CEO of Grace After Fire.
With a $200 billion impact on our economy, and 1 in 7 jobs dependent on agriculture, it touches the lives of all Texans. TDA should be prepared to provide support to the agricultural sector in times of disaster, including a dedicated public fund to match private funding, plus assistance to farmers in accessing other sources of assistance
I am dedicated to a sustainable future for agriculture, improving domestic and export markets, promoting rural development, and ensuring access to healthy food for all Texans. Directing resources towards rural development, new/beginning farmers, economic viability of farms, healthy school meals, and national/international marketing are among our strategies.
We must address preservation of farmland, the health of our rural and urban communities, and reality of a changing climate. Providing economic opportunities for farmers to provide access to healthy food for all Texans - especially currently underserved communities - while using regenerative methods are at the center of our approach.