Agencies, Boards and Commissions

Agriculture, Texas Department of*

1 Member - 4 Years

General Information

Agency #: 551


1700 N. Congress, 11th FloorP.O. Box 12847Austin 78711-2847


Office Office Holder Hometown / Term Ends
Commissioner of Agriculture The Honorable Sid Miller Stephenville, 12-31-2018

Commissioner's Staff

Office Office Holder Phone / Fax
Special Assistant to the Commissioner Kevin Moomaw
Deputy Commissioner Jason Fearneyhough (512) 463-1408
Executive Assistant Rebecca Bustamante (512) 463-1408


Office Office Holder Phone / Fax
Assistant Commissioner Terry Keel (512) 475-0133
Director for Licensing and Data Quality Burney LaChance (512) 463-7846
Director for Agency Administration Bertha Serna (512) 475-0133
Chief of Operational Support Michael Clark (512) 463-7488
Administrator for Human Resources Cynthia Mendoza (512) 463-7423
Coordinator for Human Resources Emilia Zarate (512) 463-9305

Agriculture & Consumer Protection

Office Office Holder Phone / Fax
Director for Consumer Service Protection Leslie Smith (512) 475-1620
Director for Consumer Product Protection Phillip Wright (512) 463-5706
Director for Environmental and Biosecurity Programs Dale Scott (512) 936-2535
Director for Agriculture and Commodity Programs Mike Mann (512) 463-4753

External Relations, Communications and Legislative Affairs

Office Office Holder Phone / Fax
Assistant Commissioner Walt Roberts (512) 936-9583
Director for Communications Mark Loeffler (512) 475-1669
Assistant Director for Communications Jeremy Fuchs (512) 463-9885
Director for Governmental Relations Ilissa Nolan (512) 463-7516

Financial Services Division

Office Office Holder Phone / Fax
Chief Financial Officer Diana Warner (512) 463-9860
Administrator for Financial Compliance April Bacon (512) 463-7493
Administrator for Grants, Revenue & Cash Management Marios Parpounas (512) 463-4793
Director for HUB/MWBE Programs Dinita Caldwell (512) 463-8496
Chief Information Officer William "Butch" Grote (512) 475-0124

Food and Nutrition Division

Office Office Holder Phone / Fax
Assistant Commissioner Angela Olige (512) 463-8583
Administrator for Food and Nutrition Catherine Wright-Steele (512) 463-2164
Administrator for Food and Nutrition Tracy Mueck (512) 936-6723
Administrator for Food and Nutrition Robin Roark (512) 463-3910

Office of Internal Audit

Office Office Holder Phone / Fax
Internal Auditor Zoi Kondis (512) 463-8251

Legal Division

Office Office Holder Phone / Fax
General Counsel Tim Kleinschmidt (512) 463-6260
Lead Deputy General Counsel Stephen Dillon (512) 463-0735
Deputy General Counsel/Ethics Officer Susan Maldonado (512) 463-6591
Deputy General Counsel for Enforcement AJ Salazar-Wilson (512) 463-2936

Field Operations

Office Office Holder Phone / Fax
Liaison for Field Operations Freddy Vest (214) 403-9563

Trade, Business Development, Water and Rural Affairs

Office Office Holder Phone / Fax
Assistant Commissioner Dan Hunter (512) 463-9132
Administrator for Office of Rural Affairs Rick Rhodes (512) 463-7577


Regional and Sub-Offices:
Region 1
West Texas Regional Office
Bob Tarrant, Regional Director
4502 Englewood Ave.
Lubbock, TX 79414
Fax: 800/831-3746

Region 2
North Texas Regional Office
Becky Dempsey, Regional Director
1720 Regal Row, Suite 118
Dallas, TX 75235
Fax: 888/205-6335

Region 3
Gulf Coast Regional Office
Jennifer Bailey, Regional Director
5425 Polk Street, G-20
Houston, TX 77023
Fax: 888/223-5606

Region 4
San Antonio Regional Office
Ken Weidenfeller, Regional Director
8918 Tesoro Dr., Suite 120
San Antonio, TX 78217
Fax: 888/203-1235

Region 5
Valley Regional Office
Jose Sanchez, Regional Director
900-B East Expressway 83
San Juan, TX 78589
Fax: 800/909-8167

The Legislature established the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) in 1907. Since that time, the agency has evolved from its original responsibility for gathering information and statistics on crops and livestock to incorporate a largely regulatory function, and most recently to include marketing, economic development, nutrition functions and rural affairs. Today, the agency encompasses all phases of modern agriculture, agricultural businesses, rural communities and consumer protection.

* Subject to the Texas Sunset Act; will be reviewed in 2021.