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Agriculture, Texas Department of
Title: Agriculture, Texas Department of
Description: The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) promotes production agriculture, consumer protection, economic development and healthy living. These records document the terms of various TDA commissioners, as well as the activities of related boards and committees from 1924 to 2001, undated, bulk 1960 to 1997. Types of records include meeting files, correspondence, memoranda, notes, manuals, transcripts, rules, clippings, drafts, notices, witness logs, registration cards, organization charts, reports, contracts, complaint and request forms, financial statements, bonds, oaths, election results, legal documents, press releases, speeches, pamphlets, computer tapes and disks, database printouts, photographs, contact sheets, negatives, slides, printed materials, audiotapes, videotapes, and motion picture film. Major topics covered include the administration of programs that provide loans and grants to agriculture-related businesses, the promotion of agricultural diversification in Texas, the establishment of environmental rules and regulations, the management of seed quality and development, pesticides and pest eradication, herbicides, and ground and surface water.
Citation information: (Identify the item and cite the series), Texas Department of Agriculture records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Copyright information: Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).
Access restrictions: Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to: trade secrets (Texas Government Code, Section 552.110); home addresses, phone numbers, and social security numbers of government employees and officials (Texas Government Code, Section 552.117); credit card numbers (Texas Government Code, Section 552.136); medical information (Texas Government Code, Section 552.101 (information confidential by law, Texas Occupations Code, Section 159.002(b)); and attorney-client privilege, agency memoranda or attorney work product (Texas Government Code, Section 552.107 or 111); an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research.