The House Committee on Agriculture & Livestock 
         76th Legislature 
         September 5, 2000 
         10:00 a.m. 
         Luling City Hall, Luling, Texas 
         Pursuant to a notice posted on August 25, 2000, the House  
         Committee on Agriculture & Livestock met in a public hearing and  
         was called to order by the acting chair, Representative  
         McReynolds at 10:00 a.m. 
         The roll was answered as follows: 
         Present:  Representatives McReynolds; Green; Jones, Charles (3). 
         Absent:   Representatives Swinford; Brown, Betty; Christian;  
                   Crownover, Myra; Hardcastle; Hupp (6). 
         A quorum was present. 
         The Chair made opening comments. 
         (Representative Green in chair.) 
         The Chair recognized the following witnesses to testify  
         regarding the interim charge discussing programs in other states  
         designed to preserve farmland, especially in proximity to  
         metropolitan areas: 
         Martin Hubert, Texas Dept. of Agriculture 
         Jim Butler, Texas A&M System, Agriculture Program 
         Robert Potts, The Nature Conservancy 
         Julie Shackelford, American Farmland Trust 
         (Representative Swinford now present.) 
         Dr. Charles Graham 
         Alton B. Laws, Jr. 
         Gerald Black 
         Nathan L. Weiss 
         At 1:00 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