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Senate Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Agriculture - 67th R.S. (1981)

Committee Members
Bill Sarpalius, Chair
Carlos F. Truan, Vice Chair
J.E. 'Buster' Brown
E.L. Short
John Wilson
Charges
• Study the issues of bonding or recovery funds associated with grain elevator storage to ensure commodity producers against possible economic loss.
• Explore the issue of agricultural labor with respect to labor availability and labor relations.
• Study the transportation of agricultural commodities and analyze the effect that transportation rates have upon agricultural profitability.
• Review the measures the state has taken to guarantee that farmers are assured sufficient supplies of water for their crops and livestock.
• Examine the adequacy and timeliness of publicly funded agricultural research and development programs.
• Examine any problems relating to the enabling legislation and administration of the Family Farm and Ranch Security Program.
• Study the current system for bonding of commodity warehouses. Consider the risk of warehouse defaults and the possible effects on depositors. Review proposed methods for guaranteeing 100% protection for commodities depositors*
• Review current state laws regulating pesticides; consider whether additional regulations are needed to protect the health farm workers.*
• Investigate recent grain elevator explosions in Texas and suggest means to reduce the likelihood that such catastrophes will recur.

Note:
John Wilson (Member) died 9/19/1982.
Charged by SR 627.
According to the interim report, J.E. "Buster" Brown and E.L. Short served as ex officio members of the subcommittee.

* This represents an abstract of the report contents. Charge text is incomplete or unavailable.

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