August TALB Meeting
Date(s) - 08/23/2017
11:15 am - 1:00 pm
|Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller|
Sid Miller is an eighth generation farmer and rancher and the 12th Commissioner of Agriculture for the great state of Texas. Commissioner Miller has devoted his life to the agriculture industry, and supporting Texas producers and the communities they call home. He is a businessman, rancher, community leader, former ag teacher and former school board member.
Throughout his service to the state of Texas, Commissioner Miller’s real-world agricultural experience has helped shape his policy decisions and make a difference for Texans. As the leader of the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), Commissioner Miller is focused on safeguarding private property rights and water resources, as well as protecting Texas consumers and agricultural producers. He is passionate about ensuring rural communities have access to the infrastructure they need to thrive.
Commissioner Miller also works to promote growth, job creation and innovation in the agriculture industry through domestic and international market development efforts, as well as partnerships with Texas universities and research facilities. He oversees TDA’s dynamic marketing program — GO TEXAN — which showcases the best products, cultures and communities the Lone Star State has to offer.
As Agriculture Commissioner, Miller has implemented several positive reforms to the agency. This includes the restructuring of TDA’s regional operations to improve efficiency throughout the agency, as well as changing the way TDA conducts fuel pump inspections. Previously, fuel pump inspections took six-to-eight years to complete. Under Commissioner Miller’s leadership, the inspection and calibration of all 400,000 pumps in the state happens every 24 months.
Commissioner Miller also created TDA’s Office of Water, which is dedicated to ensuring all Texans have access to clean water and addressing issues surrounding water rights. He expanded the GO TEXAN program to reach national and global markets, as well as broaden the types of businesses that qualify for membership in the program. Commissioner Miller continues to work at expanding access to health care in rural Texas, which has traditionally been critically underserved.
In the realm of child nutrition, Commissioner Miller has risen as a leader in the fight against childhood obesity and promoting healthy lifestyles for all Texans. Farm Fresh Fridays is an initiative championed by Commissioner Miller that works to increase the availability of fresh, local produce in schools. He has also been very active in promoting urban agricultural education courses and the planting of school gardens.
Commissioner Miller was born in De Leon, Texas. He is a farmer and rancher who breeds and trains American Quarter Horses. He is a rodeo cowboy and holds nine world championship titles. He is an honors graduate of Tarleton State University in Stephenville, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Vocational Agriculture Education.
Commissioner Miller and his wife, Debra, have been married for going on 40 years. The Millers have two sons, two daughters-in-law and four grandchildren.