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Committee: House Agriculture and Livestock
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Agriculture | Agriculture, Texas Department of | Brush control | Drug testing | Firefighters | Forest Service, Texas A&M | Horse racing | Horses | Hunger | Racing Commission, Texas | Rural Affairs, Texas Department of | Urban areas | Veterinarians | Water conservation | Wildfires |
Library Call Number: L1836.82 Ag86
Session: 82nd R.S. (2011)
Online version: View report [56 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Evaluate the role of community gardens and urban farming efforts that increase access to healthy foods and examine the possible impact that state and local policies have on the success of programs of this type. Determine the feasibility of policies to support these efforts, especially in high-population areas. (Joint with the House Committee on Urban Affairs)
2. Study the wildfire response performed by the Texas Forest Service and cooperating state agencies. Examine specifically how state laws and regulations could be enhanced to improve response effectiveness across the state. Study both the available causes of wildfires and mitigation and make recommendations as needed.
3. Study the adequacy of access to veterinarian care in rural areas of the state. Determine the impact that a lack of access may have on the agriculture business in Texas.
4. Examine the current enforcement system for performance-enhancing drug testing show horses, performance horses, and race horses in Texas. Specifically, review currently prohibited drugs and quantities to determine if any changes should be made to existing law. Compare the state's current regulations to other systems around the country and make specific recommendations on how the state's system could be improved.
5. Study the viability of cedar eradication as a means to enhance resource conservation.
6. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction and the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 82nd Legislature. Specifically, monitor the consolidation of the Texas Department of Rural Affairs into the Texas Department of Agriculture's Rural Economic Division, ensuring that rural communities are not negatively affected by the consolidation.
Committee: Senate Agriculture, Rural Affairs, and Homeland Security
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Agriculture | Aquaculture | Diet and nutrition | Droughts | Fire prevention | Firing ranges | Food safety | Grain elevators and warehouses | Horse slaughter | Horses | Land conservation | Obesity | Ranches and ranching | Rural areas | Small farms | Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program | Texas A&M AgriLife Research | Veterinarians | Water conservation |
Library Call Number: L1836.82 Ag86r
Session: 82nd R.S. (2011)
Online version: View report [47 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Review the impact of the drought on the Texas agricultural and ranching industry.
2. Develop methods and legislative recommendations to minimize the effects of drought and respond to the challenges for farmers and ranchers.
3. The committee should focus on the following:
  • Implementation of best management practices for agricultural conservation
  • Alternatives to federal assistance due to drought losses
  • Long-term economic impact of the drought on the agricultural sector of the Texas economy
  • Better management of federal, state, and local parkland/preserve-land to reduce fire risk, including cooperative fire mitigation efforts with surrounding properties and neighborhoods
  • Analysis of Texas forest service and land management recommendations and options from other states for mitigating risk
4. Study and make recommendations for ways to increase investment, employment and production in Texas agriculture. Include a review of current land use and market trends as they relate to agricultural use and make recommendations for ways to support and enhance small farm and ranch operations.
5. Study current federal, state and local safeguards regarding seafood consumption in Texas. Review existing academic studies, and federal, state, and private data relating to the safety of imported seafood, and provide recommendations on the need for additional studies and testing related to safety advisories for the public.
6. Assess the current veterinary medical workforce, and make recommendations to address any disparities between small animal (companion) and large animal (food/fiber) veterinarians. Review the Rural Veterinary Medical Loan program (RVML) and make recommendations to enhance the use of RVML funds and other funding sources to increase the veterinary medical workforce.
7. Review the impact of state laws relating to the closure of horse slaughter facilities across the United States. Analyze the impact on the equine industry and agricultural sector of the Texas economy.
8. Examine ways to increase the use of Texas agricultural products in healthy foods readily available to Texas consumers. Evaluate the role of community initiatives in reducing obesity and diet-related diseases and make recommendations to support state and local efforts.
9. Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Agriculture & Rural Affairs, 82nd Legislature, Regular and Called Sessions, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation. Specifically, monitor the implementation and effects of current and proposed federal laws and regulations, including Environmental Protection Agency initiatives that may impact the Texas farming and ranching industry.
Committee: Senate Natural Resources Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs & Coastal Resources
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report to the 81st Legislature
Subjects: Agricultural policy | Biofuels | Coastal erosion | Coastal Erosion Planning and Response Act | Deer | Food prices | Horses | Texas Open Beaches Act | Tourism | Wine and wine industry |
Library Call Number: L1836.80 N219a
Session: 80th R.S. (2007)
Online version: View report [39 pages  File size: 4,207 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the economic development impact, benefits and costs of the Fuel Ethanol and Biodiesel Incentive Program. Analyze and make recommendations regarding the following areas of interest:
  • state cost versus economic benefit, including any impact on the price of feed for livestock and food for human consumption;
  • the program as compared to other state and federal incentives;
  • any federal legislative or administrative changes relating to the program; and
  • options to encourage research and new technologies and market based incentives and competitive feedstock issues including feedstock development.
2. Study the impact of funding increases and their effectiveness for the Coastal Erosion Planning and Response Program and provide options for possible future funding sources.
3. Study the economic impacts and unintended consequences of allowing whitetail deer raised on deer farms in Texas to be legally processed for venison. Study the interstate shipment issues with venison from other states currently faced by Texas restaurant suppliers.
4. Study the impact of the thoroughbred and quarter horse industries on agriculture in Texas, specifically the reasons for decline in those industries over the last several years.
5. Study the growth potential for rural economic development through the wine and grape industry as a result of expanded traditional agricultural operations and expanded agritourism.
6. Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs & Coastal Resources, 80th Legislature, Regular Session, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete the implementation. Specifically, monitor the implementation of HB 2819, 80th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to enforcement of the Open Beaches Act. Additionally, monitor the implementation of the federal 2007 Farm Bill and determine the impact on the Texas agricultural industry.
Committee: House Agriculture and Livestock
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Agriculture & Livestock, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2006 : a report to the House of Representatives, 80th Texas Legislature
Subjects: Alternative energy | Biofuels | Forest Service, Texas A&M | Horses | Soil and Water Conservation Board, Texas | Veterinarians | Veterinary Medical Examiners, Texas State Board of | Water conservation | Water Development Board, Texas | Wildfires |
Library Call Number: L1836.79 Ag86
Session: 79th R.S. (2005)
Online version: View report [36 pages  File size: 6,015 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Explore the need for both the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) program and the Program for Assessment of Veterinary Medical Education (PAVE) for certification of students who graduate from foreign veterinary colleges.
2. Assess the need for new rules and regulations to govern non-veterinary practitioners of animal care, specifically equine dentistry, as well as the potential need for veterinary supervision of certain practices.
3. Research and determine the potential contributions of Texas agriculture to energy supply, including examination of the role of ethanol, biodiesel, and biomass.
4. Determine if a new comprehensive water conservation program is needed within the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board focusing on water conservation and water supply enhancement. (Joint interim charge with the House Committee on Natural Resources.)
5. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.
Committee: House Agriculture and Livestock
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Committee on Agriculture and Livestock, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 1992 : a report to the House of Representatives, 73rd Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Agriculture | Animal diseases | Animal Health Commission, Texas | Brucellosis | Cooperative Extension, Texas | Exotic species | Horses | Texas A&M AgriLife Research | Theft | Vocational education |
Library Call Number: L1836.72 ag83
Session: 72nd R.S. (1991)
Online version: View report [73 pages  File size: 2,623 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the brucellosis eradication program as administered by the Texas Animal Health Commission.
2. Study the problem of horse theft in Texas.
3. Study the Texas statutes relating to exotic livestock.
4. Study the Texas Seed Laws as particularly related to labeling on cotton, peanut, rice and soybean planting seed.
5. Study the vocational and technical courses related to agriculture.
6. Study the administration, programs and facilities of select Texas Agricultural Experiment Stations and the Texas Agricultural Extension Service offices.
Supporting documents
Committee: House Agriculture and Livestock
Title: Press Releases
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1801.9 AG86 72
Session: 72nd R.S. (1991)
Online version: View document [9 pages]

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