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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Kim Olson (Dem)
Farmer, veteran (Col., USAF ret.), pilot, administrator, public servant
What training, experience, and characteristics qualify you for this position?
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?
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?
What other issues do you consider the most important, and how would you address them?
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.
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