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Commissioner of Agriculture

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    Sid Miller (R) Farmer, Rancher, Commercial Nurseryman

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How much experience do you have in ranching and/or agri-business? Is it important to have such a background?

Should Texas ban the use of ammonium nitrate in fertilizer? If not, what should Texas – and the agriculture commissioner’s office in particular – do to monitor, regulate or safeguard this ingredient?

How important is immigration reform to Texas agriculture? Is a guest-worker program a necessary part of that reform?

What sort of sustainable agricultural policies do you support?

Do you believe rural Texas has sustainable water strategies? If not, what would you do to promote them?

What is your view of using farms to grow new forms of energy, whether ethanol or wind energy?

How would you rate the job performance of outgoing Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples? What has he done well and what would you improve?

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City/Town Stephenville, Texas 76401
Age 62
Campaign Phone Number (254) 968-3535
Fax Number 254-968-6903
Email Address millerfortexas@gmail.com
I am a native Texan who has lived and worked in our great state my entire life.
I am a farmer, rancher, and commercial nurseryman who earns his living from the land.
Associate of Arts - Cisco Junior College Bachelor of Science in Agriculture -Tarleton State University
Board Member, Cross Timbers Pregnancy Crisis Center Member, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Honorary Vice President, American Quarter Horse Association Member, Texas Farm Bureau Member, American Paint Horse Association Member, Texana Lodge No. 123 A.F. & A.M. Elder, Cowboy Church of Erath County
I am a former six-term State Representative and was the Chairman of the Texas House Committee on Agriculture and Livestock which had direct oversight of the Texas Department of Agriculture, as well as the Chairman of the Texas House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety. I am a former member of the Texas Agriculture Policy Board. I was appointed as a member of the Energy Council. I am the former Chairman of the House Republican Caucus, and was the Co-Founder of the Texas Legislative Tea Party Caucus. I am a former member of the Stephenville Independent School District Board and a former Director of the Erath County Farm Bureau. I am a past Board Member, Stephenville Chamber of Commerce.
Texas State Representative 2001-2013
Approximately $500,000.00 in contributions and loans.
Sid and Debra Miller Todd M. Smith W.L. Roberts
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I was once sued by the Erath County Chief Tax Appraiser in my official capacity as State Representative. The case was dismissed as frivolous.
As Chairman of the Texas House Republican Caucus and as the Co-Founder of the Texas Legislative Tea Party Caucus, I worked to help lead, organize, educate, and inform members of the Texas House and Senate about pending legislation and to work collectively to pass beneficial legislation and to help defeat dangerous legislation that adversely affect the people of Texas.
Sam Houston, because he was a rugged, freedom loving patriot who fought. and was will willing to sacrifice his own life, in defense of liberty and on behalf of the idea that has become Texas.
Because I want to help ensure that the people of Texas have the safest, most cost effective, and most abundant food and fiber and that Texas remains a world leader in agriculture production, technology, and innovation. I want to help ensure that we preserve our unique Texas heritage so that Texas remains the best state in the best nation on the face of the earth.
Because I will bring a unique mix of real-world agriculture experience coupled with 12 years’ experience as a conservative state lawmaker. I have worked hand-in-hand with members of the Texas House and Senate, as well as every statewide official and most state agency heads to protect the interests of Texans and to make our state a better place to live, work, and raise a family. As Chairman of the Texas House Committee on Agriculture and Livestock, I had direct legislative oversight of the Texas Department of Agriculture and have worked closely with the last three Ag Commissioners. I understand the agency and its complex functions and will be able to hit the ground running on my very first day in office. That is why I have been actively campaigning for this office across our great state.
I am an 8th generation farmer and rancher and have earned my living from the land for the last 40 years. Not only is it important to have an agricultural background, it is a constitutional requirement in order to hold this important office which affects the lives of each and every citizen of our state.
No. When I was Chairman of the Texas House Committee on Agriculture and Livestock, I passed a bill that became law which included strict restrictions and traceability on the possession and distribution of ammonium nitrate in Texas. This law needs to be strictly followed and enforced and I will do so as Agriculture Commissioner.
First, we must secure our border. Only after that mission has been accomplished should we consider instituting a guest worker program by which we may identify, locate, collect taxes from foreign guest workers while they are in our state, and ensure that they return home when they should. I do not support any form of amnesty. Any guest worker program must not be paid for by taxpayers and, instead, should be funded by the guest workers themselves.
I will be an Agriculture Commissioner who won't pick winners or losers. I will provide support for all agriculture interests, including sustainable agriculture, traditional farmers and ranchers, organic and hydroponic agriculture, aquaculture, bio-technology, etc., because in order for Texas to remain a world leader in agriculture production and innovation, we will need the support from each of these disciplines.
While the State of Texas has strong fifty-year water plan which I support, I will fight to ensure that our state's agriculture interests have a voice in decision making in order to ensure that Texas agriculture has the water it needs to remain a strong, viable and important part of state's economy. In addition to our state's fifty-year water plan, I support innovation in desalinization technology and the expansion and utilization of rainwater catchment systems. I plan to make water a top priority of the Texas Department of Agriculture.
I am a capitalist and support the free-market system. I believe that the people of Texas should have the right to produce energy on land that they own. The state should ensure that we have a level playing field and then get out of the way and let the free-market go to work. Throughout our history, it is that free market system which has produced our new technologies, innovations, and solutions to problems.
Commissioner Staples has done a great job in border security, promoting Texas agriculture products, protecting consumers, and enforcing the department's rules and regulations. I applaud his service to agriculture and to our state. As Texas' next Agriculture Commissioner, I plan to continue Commissioner Staples work in these important areas, while also expanding the department's role in the delivery of rural health care and ensuring that we protect and preserve our vital water resources for future generations.
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