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Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is the FFA’s featured speaker 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11 at Canyon Lake High School, 8555 Farm to Market 32, Fischer.

He’ll speak in the school’s auditorium. The event is open to the public.

Jen Crownover, Comal County Commissioner Pct. 4 wrote on her Facebook page: “I’m very proud of my son, Boogie, as part of the officer team for his chapter, was able to secure such an amazing speaker, and that Commissioner Miller made time to come to our community.”

Like Crownover, Miller is seeking reelection in 2018 and will square off against sixth-generation Texan Trey Blocker in the March Republican primary. The Democratic nominee is Kim Olson.

According to TexasAgriculture.gov, Miller’s department is responsible for:

Consumer Protection

  • Regulating all fuel pumps in Texas to ensure drivers get the correct quality and amount of fuel
  • Regulating all weights and measures devices, such as grocery store scales and retail price scanners, to ensure consumers are charged advertised prices
  • Regulating pesticide use and application from residential to commercial use
  • Certifying organically-produced products to help ensure consumers have a reliable supply of organic products

Production Agriculture

  • Protecting agricultural crops, such as citrus and cotton, from harmful pests and diseases
  • Facilitating trade and market development of agricultural commodities ranging from livestock to crops to ensure Texas remains the nation’s leader in the production of cattle, cotton, hay, sheep, wool, goats, mohair and horses
  • Providing financial assistance to farmers and ranchers in the form of loan guarantees, interest rate reductions and even grants for young farmers
  • Administering grant funds for agricultural research to develop new technologies
  • Advocating for policies at the federal, state, and local level that are beneficial to the $106 billion agriculture sector, which comprises 10% of the Texas economy

Healthy Living

  • Administering the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs for Texas school children
  • Fighting obesity in Texas through a statewide campaign highlighting the 3E’s of Healthy Living – Education, Exercise and Eating Right
  • Administering assistance to feed the hungry through the Texans Feeding Texans initiative

Economic Development

  • Providing tools for communities to attract businesses and pursue other economic development opportunities
  • Offering infrastructure grants to rural communities
  • Leading in the development of statewide broadband services
  • Administering the Certified Retirement Community program to attract retirees to the second leading retirement state in the U.S.
  • Marketing Texas products, cultures and communities through the GO TEXAN branded campaign
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