The House Committee on Agriculture & Livestock 
         76th Legislature 
         March 9, 2000 
         10:00 a.m. 
         Capitol Extension, E2.026 
         Pursuant to a notice posted on March 2, 2000, the House  
         Committee on Agriculture & Livestock met in a public hearing and  
         was called to order by the chair, Representative Swinford, at  
         10:07 a.m. 
         The roll was answered as follows: 
         Present:  Representatives Swinford; McReynolds; Brown, Betty;  
                   Christian; Green; Hardcastle; Hupp (7). 
         Absent:   Representatives Crownover; Jones, Charles (2). 
         A quorum was present. 
         The Chair offered opening comments and recognized the following  
         people to testify on behalf of their agency: 
         Mr. Benny Mathis, Director, Structural Pest Control Board 
         Commissioner Susan Combs, Texas Department of Agriculture 
         Dr. Terry Beals, Executive Director, Texas Animal Health  
         Mr. Brad Bauma, Texas Animal Health Commission 
         Dr. Edward Hiler, Texas A&M University 
         Mr. Jim Hull, Texas Forest Service 
         Dr. Konrad Eugster, Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic  
         Mr. Gary Lee Nunley, Texas Wildlife Damage Management Service 
         Dr. Chester Fehlis, Texas Agriculture Extension Service 
         Dr. John Beverly, Texas Agricultural Experiment Station 
         Mr. Ron Allen, Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners 
         Mr. Bob Avant, Texas Food and Fibers Commission 
         Mr. Robert Buckley, Texas State Soil and Water Conservation  
         At 3:15 p.m., on the motion of the chair and without objection,  
         the meeting was adjourned subject to the call of the chair. 
         Rep. Swinford, Chair 
         Courtney Trolinger, Clerk