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H.B. 2089 Receives Favorable Vote by House Agriculture and Livestock Committee

Fri, 02 Apr 2021 12:31:02 CDT

H.B. 2089 Receives Favorable Vote by House Agriculture and Livestock Committee On Thursday, April 1, 2021, H.B. 2089 relating to the detection and mitigation of plant pests and diseases was voted on by members of the House Agriculture and Livestock Committee. The bill was passed out of committee by a vote of 8-0. The bill will now be sent to House Committee on Calendars until a time is set for floor consideration.

If enacted, this legislation would establish an early plant pests and disease detection and mitigation system through cooperative agreements with the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) and institutions of higher education. The bill authorizes a full range of activities, including field inspection for early detection before the invasive species becomes established or becomes too large and costly to eradicate or control.

Early detection of plant pests and disease will allow for better containment to slow the spread of an invasive organism or species, which will allow for timely biological control methods, research and development of resistant seed varieties, and the ability to identify better management practices in order to contain the issue before it becomes more widespread in the state. One example this legislation would help with is combating Fusarium wilt race 4 (FOV4) in cotton.

Additionally, this week, under Article VI of S.B. 1, Rider 25 was adopted by the Senate Committee on Finance which would appropriate funding from General Revenue to carry out H.B. 2089 if enacted.



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