Room to improve
Texas agriculture is "at 98 percent efficiency" in water use and "just about maxed out as to what we can do on the conservation end of it."
Not about misdeeds after benefits received
Says 97 percent of food stamp benefits "are paid in the proper amounts to people who are really eligible."
Egg checks reduced but not ended
Says she "wiped out" the state Agriculture Department’s inspections of eggs at retail sites like grocery stores.
Perry was there
Says Texas did not bail out a loan program he oversaw as state agriculture commissioner.
Says the government wants to require farm tractor drivers to hold commercial driver’s licenses even if they’re just crossing a single public road.
Texans eat more catfish than residents of all other states combined.
Numbers are off, idea is right
"On average, Americans spend less than 10 percent of their disposable income on food. Compare that to folks in Mexico, who spend 22 percent, China, 28 percent and Russia, 37 percent."
One vote, versus years of vocalizing his opposition to a mandatory ID program
On the National Animal Identification System.
Proposal includes food aid cuts, but program wasn't targeted
"Todd Staples recently tried to woo his supporters and right-wing base by suggesting the Agriculture Commission cut programs intended to feed the elderly and disabled, many of whom are veterans."
Come to think, Staples also let it snow in the Panhandle
"The current (agriculture) commissioner allowed tainted beef to be sent to school cafeterias."
Challenger overlooked health department role
Says a careless attitude and "poor oversight by the Texas Department of Agriculture" led to deaths and illnesses traced to a Texas peanut plant.
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