Texas Department of Agriculture

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Texas Department of Agriculture
Agency overview
Formed1907
Headquarters1700 N Congress, 11th Floor Austin, Texas
Employees650
Agency executiveTodd Staples, Commissioner
Website
http://www.TexasAgriculture.gov
 
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The main offices of the Texas Department of Agriculture are located on the 11th floor of the Stephen F. Austin State Office Building

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) is a state agency within the state of Texas, which is responsible for matters pertaining to agriculture, rural community affairs, and related matters.

TDA was established by the 13th Texas Legislature in 1907. TDA is headed by the Texas Agriculture Commissioner, one of four heads of state agencies which is elected by statewide ballot (and the only one where the provision for statewide election is mandated by legislative action, not enshrined in the Texas Constitution) for a four-year term, concurrent with the gubernatorial election (prior to 1978, the term was two-year before a statewide amendment in 1974 extended it to four years).

The department is headquartered on the 11th floor of the Stephen F. Austin State Office Building at 1700 North Congress Avenue in Austin.[1][2]

The mission statement of the Texas Department of Agriculture is: Partner with all Texans to make Texas the nation's leader in agriculture, fortify our economy, empower rural communities, promote healthy lifestyles, and cultivate winning strategies for rural, suburban and urban Texas through exceptional service and the common threads of agriculture in our daily lives.

Texas Department of Agriculture
Agency overview
Formed1907
Headquarters1700 N Congress, 11th Floor Austin, Texas
Employees650
Agency executiveTodd Staples, Commissioner
Website
http://www.TexasAgriculture.gov

Contents

Commissioners of the Department of Agriculture

NOTE: Milner was appointed as Commissioner prior to the first statewide election in 1908.

CommissionerBeginning Term YearEnding Term Year
Robert Teague Milner19071908
Edward Reeves Kone19081914
Fred Davis19151920
George B. Terrell19211930
James E. McDonald19311950
John C. White19511977
Reagan V. Brown19771982
Jim Hightower19831990
Rick Perry19911998
Susan Combs19992006
Todd Staples2007(present)

Divisions

The department is divided into the following divisions:

References

Texas Department of Agriculture

External links