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COMMISSIONER MILLER ISSUES WARNING ON UNSOLICITED SEEDS FROM CHINA
Monday, July 27, 2020, AUSTIN- Today, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is urging Texans to take extreme precaution when receiving unsolicited seed packets from China. These packets have been mailed to multiple states, including Texas, falsely labeled as jewelry. Residents are advised not to plant the seeds as they could contain harmful invasive species or be otherwise unsafe.  [More]
 
COMMISSIONER MILLER JOINS CAL-MAINE FOODS FOR EGG DONATION EVENT AT CENTRAL TEXAS FOOD BANK
Friday, July 24, 2020, AUSTIN- Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller joined Cal-Maine Foods yesterday for an egg donation event that provided 140,000 meals to local Texans amidst a global pandemic. Over 280,000 eggs were donated to the Central Food Bank and will offer local communities’ essential protein in trying times. This year, Cal-Maine Foods has donated close to a quarter million dozen eggs to organizations within the state and even more nationwide.  [More]
 
COMMISSIONER MILLER ASKS GOVERNOR TO REOPEN TEXAS WINERIES IMMEDIATELY
Thursday, July 2, 2020, AUSTIN- Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller has written Governor Greg Abbott asking him to change his recent Executive Order and allow Texas wineries and wine tasting rooms to reopen immediately. Abbott’s order on Friday, June 26 again closed Texas wine tasting rooms along with all bars across Texas.  [More]
 
STATEMENT FROM TEXAS AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER SID MILLER ON USMCA
Thursday, July 2, 2020, "USMCA is a homerun for American farmers and ranchers and President Donald Trump, Secretary Perdue and Ambassador Lighthizer knocked it out of the park. I applaud their commitment to replacing NAFTA with the USMCA and congratulate them on this significant accomplishment.  [More]
 
STATEMENT FROM TEXAS AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER SID MILLER ON NINTH CIRCUIT RULING ON DICAMBA REGISTRATION
Thursday, June 4, 2020, “For the farmers in Texas, I want to be clear: I’ve got your back. Dicamba is still available for use in Texas as currently labeled and will continue to be so until someone tells us to stop. In this difficult time, the last thing Texas farmers need is more uncertainty.”  [More]
 
GOVERNOR CALLS FOR 5% BUDGET CUT, MILLER WILL CUT TDA 10%
Wednesday, May 27, 2020, AUSTIN – Following the recent request by Governor Greg Abbott for agencies to cut their budgets by 5 percent, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller has ordered his staff to deepen that cut to 10 percent. Agencies have been requested to submit their budget cut plans by June 15.  [More]
 
COMMISSIONER MILLER ANNOUNCES GENEROUS DONATION TO RURAL HOSPITALS
Tuesday, May 12, 2020, AUSTIN – Today, Commissioner Miller announced that a generous donation of $56,000 has been made by Apache Oil Corporation (Houston) to meet the supply needs of six rural hospitals in West Texas. Funds from this donation will be used to combat COVID-19 in these rural communities. This remarkable donation follows Commissioner Miller’s appearance on CBS 60 Minutes emphasizing the demand for assistance in rural Texas.  [More]
 
MILLER ANNOUNCES MORE FEDERAL HELP FOR RURAL HOSPITALS
Friday, May 8, 2020, AUSTIN – Today, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller announced that more financial help is on its way for rural hospitals in Texas with a federal allocation of $634 million dollars going to 393 rural providers across Texas. Each rural provider will receive at least $1 million, with additional funding provided based on a federal formula. The money comes from the federal Health and Human Services Provider Relief Fund.  [More]
 
COMMISSIONER MILLER SEEKS FEDERAL HELP TO PROTECT BEEF INDUSTRY
Thursday, May 7, 2020, AUSTIN – Today, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General William Barr asking him to investigate the potential of beef industry price fixing involving meat packers in the United States. The letter dated May 7, 2020 asks General Barr to probe beef pricing processes in the U.S. beef industry with a goal of protecting Texas farmers and ranchers.  [More]
 
COMMISSIONER MILLER ON CBS 60 MINUTES TO HIGHLIGHT PLIGHT OF RURAL HOSPITALS
Monday, May 4, 2020, Commissioner Sid Miller joined CBS News 60 Minutes for a segment that aired Sunday night highlighting the plight of Texas rural hospitals in the COVID-19 Pandemic.  [More]
 
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