Toureilles’ Agriculture & Livestock Committee focuses on rural issues
May 12, 2010 | 906 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
AUSTIN – State Rep. Yvonne Gonzalez Toureilles, chairwoman of the House Agriculture and Livestock Committee, co-chaired two joint interim committee hearings held last week at the state Capitol.

Toureilles’ Agriculture and Livestock Committee met on consecutive days with the House County Affairs Committee and the House Transportation Committee to review interim study charges related rural economic development and the state’s agricultural and rural transportation system.

Agriculture and Livestock and County Affairs committee members heard testimony from Texas Agriculture Commissioners Todd Staples, rural community leaders, rural economic development officials and a host of representatives from state and federal agencies that administer rural economic development and agricultural-based assistance programs.

The two committees are reviewing rural economic development efforts and working to develop a better understanding of the relationship between rural communities and the state’s agricultural industry.

“Much of the work we do as legislators occurs at the committee level,” said Rep. Toureilles. “The testimony we hear on these topics and subsequent input from stakeholders will play an important role in determining what, if any, legislative remedy will be pursued.”

On the following day, her Agriculture and Livestock Committee met with the Transportation Committee to study the safety and efficiency of the state’s agriculture-related transportation system. The committees are also charged with considering the transportation needs of rural Texas and analyzing the impact on economic development.

Committee members heard testimony from the Texas Department of Agriculture, Texas Department of Transportation, Department of Public Safety, Texas Transportation Institute, the Port of Corpus Christi, the railroad association, and agriculture producers representing the cattle, poultry, logging and sugar industries.
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