Texas Department of Agriculture

The Texas Legislature established the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) in 1907. The agency's key objectives are to promote production agriculture, consumer protection, economic development and healthy living. The agriculture commissioner oversees the agency and is elected every four years. The current commissioner, Todd Staples, was first elected in 2006 and re-elected to a second term in 2010.

TDA is a diversified state agency that provides value-added services through our regulatory and marketing and initiatives. TDA is headquartered in Austin and has five regional service offices, two sub-offices, three laboratories and five livestock export facilities.


TDA’s mission is to partner with all Texans to make Texas the nation's leader in agriculture, fortify our economy, empower rural communities, promote healthy lifestyles, and cultivate winning strategies for rural, suburban and urban Texas through exceptional service and the common threads of agriculture in our daily lives.

Mailing Address:                

P.O. Box 12847
Austin TX 78711-2847
Other TDA Locations

Contact Texas Department of Agriculture

Contact Texas Department of Agriculture

Todd Staples
1700 N. Congress
11th Floor
Austin, Texas  78701
Phone: (512) 463-7476
Toll Free: (800) TELL-TDA (835-5832)
Fax: (888) 223-8861


Service Area

Statewide Program in:
  • Texas

3 Introductory articles were found for Texas Department of Agriculture

pdf Organic Certification Handbook


All producers and handlers of organic products must be certified, unless they meet the criteria to be exempt or excluded from certification under the NOP Regulations. Exempt or excluded producers and handlers may choose to obtain certification due to market demands, or to increase consumer confidence in their products. Use this guide to help determine what it takes to get certified in Texas.

pdf Texas Organic Certification Forms

pdf Young Farmer Grant Program - Grantee Guidance

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Central Texas Sustainability Partnership
Conflict over habitat for two endangered species resulted in a diverse working group able to address the needs of both the species and affected landowners.

Salt Cedar Brush Management
Texas Landowners with federal cost-share funds are eradicating Salt Cedar in sections of the Canadian River to increase flow and benefit listed fish species.