DEPARTMENT OF RURAL AFFAIRS MERGES WITH DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples recently announced that the transition of the Texas Department of Rural Affairs (TDRA) to the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) is complete. The transition was required by 1S.B. 1, which passed during the 2011 special session.
According to Commissioner Staples, the TDA’s new Office of Rural Affairs is fully operational. The office will oversee the delivery of numerous programs and services, including the following:
- Community Development Block Grant Program
- State Office of Rural Health
- Texas Agricultural Finance Authority
- Texas Rural Health and Economic Development Advisory Council
"It is my hope you will actively participate in the council’s efforts to identify and address rural issues and opportunities in Texas," Staples said. "“The TDA team looks forward to partnering with you as we strive to ensure stability and growth for rural Texas."