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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: House Agriculture and Livestock
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report to the 71st Texas Legislature / Committee on Agriculture and Livestock, Texas House of Representatives.
Subjects: Agriculture | Enterprise zone programs | Grain elevators and warehouses | Kenaf | Paper mills | Rural economic development | Transportation infrastructure | Veterinarians | Veterinary Medical Examiners, Texas State Board of | Wine and wine industry |
Library Call Number: L1836.70 ag83
Session: 70th R.S. (1987)
Online version: View report [74 pages  File size: 2,902 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. To study the feasibility of creating rural or agricultural enterprise zones in Texas.
2. To study the certification of animal reproduction technicians.
3. Contingent upon the passage of Constitutional Amendment No. 1, to study the implementation of a self-insurance pool for grain elevators.
4. To study kenaf, an alternative crop for Texas that is used to make paper products.
5. To study the Texas wine industry and submit statutory modifications to the 71st Legislature which would promote the growth and marketing of wine produced in Texas.
6. To study the effect of transportation costs on Texas agricultural products.
Committee: Senate Natural Resources Subcommittee on Agriculture
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim Report to the 68th Legislature / Senate Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Agriculture.
Subjects: Agricultural labor | Agricultural loans | Agriculture | Cooperative Extension, Texas | Explosions | Grain elevators and warehouses | Pesticides | Texas A&M AgriLife Research | Water planning | Water supplies |
Library Call Number: L1836.67 ag83s
Session: 67th R.S. (1981)
Online version: View report [45 pages  File size: 2,772 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the issues of bonding or recovery funds associated with grain elevator storage to ensure commodity producers against possible economic loss.
2. Explore the issue of agricultural labor with respect to labor availability and labor relations.
3. Study the transportation of agricultural commodities and analyze the effect that transportation rates have upon agricultural profitability.
4. Review the measures the state has taken to guarantee that farmers are assured sufficient supplies of water for their crops and livestock.
5. Examine the adequacy and timeliness of publicly funded agricultural research and development programs.
6. Examine any problems relating to the enabling legislation and administration of the Family Farm and Ranch Security Program.
7. Study the current system for bonding of commodity warehouses. Consider the risk of warehouse defaults and the possible effects on depositors. Review proposed methods for guaranteeing 100% protection for commodities depositors *
8. Review current state laws regulating pesticides; consider whether additional regulations are needed to protect the health farm workers. *
9. Investigate recent grain elevator explosions in Texas and suggest means to reduce the likelihood that such catastrophes will recur.
Supporting documents
Committee: Senate Natural Resources Subcommittee on Agriculture
Title: SR 627
Library Call Number: SR 627
Session: 67th R.S. (1981)
Online version: View document [3 pages  File size: 666 kb]
Committee: House Agriculture and Livestock
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim study report of the Agriculture and Livestock Committee, Texas House of Representatives, 66th Legislature.
Subjects: Agricultural labor | Agriculture | Agriculture, U.S. Department of | Alternative energy | Animal Health Commission, Texas | Aquaculture | Biofuels | Brucellosis | Cotton production | Forestry | Grain elevators and warehouses | Livestock | Migrant labor | Railroads | Undocumented immigrants |
Library Call Number: L1836.66 ag83
Session: 66th R.S. (1979)
Online version: View report [90 pages  File size: 3,324 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study grain marketing practices, to determine if Texas producers can improve their positions in the marketplace.
2. Study the procedures used in forward contracting and the commodities futures market to determine the need for bonding provisions.
3. Review all import and export laws relating to livestock and agricultural produce and determine the need, if any, for closer scrutiny of the importation of certain commodities.
4. Study cotton warehousing in Texas with specific attention to alleged delays in service by the industry, the status of domestic and foreign markets, and the adequacy of current laws as it deals with cotton warehousing.
5. Study the current status of laws relating to agricultural labor relations, including the issue of illegal alien labor, and recommend needed changes.
6. Determine if state efforts are needed to preserve forest land, to promote conservation of both soil and forest crops, and to improve timber production.
7. Review all available information concerning nonresident alien ownership of agricultural land with consideration to establishing a register of alien property owners in Texas. A determination of the effects of alien ownership on the local and state economy should also be made.
8. Investigate the discontinuation of service by the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific rail lines in the Texas Panhandle; to study the economic impact of the loss of rail transportation on industry of the area and the state; and to determine if any actions can be taken to insure the continued transportation of agricultural commodities to market by rail.
9. Continue the cataloging of information on mariculture and determine the economic impact of mariculture on the state.
10. Study all available energy resources usable for agricultural production, particularly the development of gasohol, wind, solar, and biomass conversion. Monitor and disseminate information on gasohol plants in operation today, and study alternatives to market by-products of gasohol plants.
11. Monitor the activities and assist the Animal Health Commission and the United States Department of Agriculture in matters pertaining to the Texas Brucellosis Program. Review all laws pertaining to livestock and enforced by the Animal Health Commission; codify these laws to delete unnecessary provisions.
Committee: House Agriculture and Livestock
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Report of the Committee on Agriculture and Livestock, Texas House of Representatives, 65th Legislature.
Subjects: Agriculture | Alternative energy | Aquaculture | Eminent domain | Energy policy | Grain elevators and warehouses | International trade | Livestock | Property rights |
Library Call Number: L1836.65 ag83
Session: 65th R.S. (1977)
Online version: View report [65 pages  File size: 2,161 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. A study of the systems and techniques used by grain storage elevators with particular emphasis on safety techniques currently proposed or in operation to prevent explosions and related disasters.
2. Review the procedures involved in the importation and exportation of livestock. *
3. A study of the power of eminent domain as it relates to land use for agricultural purposes.
4. A study and evaluation of alternate sources of energy for agricultural use and production.
5. A comprehensive evaluation of the current and projected problem areas encountered in developing both a healthy economic climate conducive to commercial mariculture and a viable market for the products of such ventures. The scope of the study shall include, but not be limited to, the problems of issuance of permits, taxation, economics of operations, market development, and the underutilization of current resources.

* This represents an abstract of the report contents. Charge text is incomplete or unavailable.

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