Submitting a Public Information Request
To request records maintained by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), you must submit a request in writing using one of the following methods:
  1. Email: Pub.Info@TexasAgriculture.gov
  2. Mail to: 
    Public Information Office
    Texas Department of Agriculture
    PO Box 12847Austin, Texas 78711
  3. Fax to: (800) 509-1159
  4. In person at any TDA office. You can find a list of locations by clicking here.  

Public information requests are not accepted by phone. You do not need to use a specific form to submit a public information request.

What to Include in Your Request
Your written request should include, at a minimum, the following information:
1.      Your name and current contact information (email, phone number, address);
2.      The manner in which you  are requesting the information be delivered to you (postal mail, email, in person), and the format in which you would like it provided (electronic or printed files);
3.      A detailed description of the information you are requesting;
4.      Any relevant dates, incident, investigation, or report numbers; and
5.      Any other information that may helpful to promptly identify the information and provide a response to your request.
Be sure to provide the best information so that the Public Information Office may contact you if more information is needed or there are any questions or issues with your request.
You do not have to indicate why you need the information or what it will be used for.  You will never be asked these questions when requesting public information.
   Contact Us
Email: Pub.Info@TexasAgriculture.gov  
Phone: (512) 463-4075 or (800) 835-5832
Fax: (800) 509-1159

   About the Public Information Act

Texas Government Code, Chapter 552, also known as the Public Information Act (PIA), gives members of the public the right to access government records. This right of access is embodied in the following statement from PIA:

The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may retain control over the instruments they have created.

To ensure that members of the public are not inhibited from requesting public information, the PIA prohibits governmental bodies from asking why the information is being requested.  The PIA also sets forth procedures for handling requests for public information to ensure a timely, adequate response.

All government information is presumed to be available to the public. However, exceptions exist which may limit the public disclosure of certain types of confidential, privileged, or sensitive information. Governmental bodies must promptly release requested information that does not fall within one of the exceptions set forth in the PIA.

If the governmental body believes the requested information falls within one of the PIA's exceptions, it must request an opinion from the Texas Office of the Attorney General within 10 business days. If the governmental body fails to do so, the information is presumed to be public and must be released absent a compelling reason.