The House Committee on Agriculture & Livestock 
         76th Legislature 
         September 13, 2000 
         10:00 a.m. 
         Sam Rayburn Memorial Student Center; Texas A&M - Commerce,  
         Commerce, Texas 
         Pursuant to a notice posted on August 31, 2000, the House  
         Committee on Agriculture & Livestock met in a public hearing and  
         was called to order by the chair, Representative Swinford, at  
         10:15 a.m. 
         The roll was answered as follows: 
         Present:  Representatives Swinford; Brown, Betty; Crownover,  
                   Myra; Hardcastle; Hupp (5). 
         Absent:   Representatives McReynolds; Christian; Green; Jones,  
                   Charles (4). 
         A quorum was present. 
         The Chair made opening comments relating to the interim charge  
         requiring a compilation of agriculture research currently  
         underway and recently completed.  (Representative Brown, Betty  
         in chair.) 
         The Chair recognized the following people to testify: 
         John Sands, Mayor of Commerce 
         Keith McFarland, President, Texas A&M - Commerce 
         Don Cawthon, Texas A&M - Commerce 
         James Swart 
         Donald Reid 
         Gary Hancock 
         Jason Deckert 
         Maynard Cheek 
         Bob Avant, Texas Food & Fiber Commission 
         Jim Butler, Texas A&M System Agriculture Progra 
         Joyce Barrow, Hunt Co. Tax Assessor/ Collector 
         At 12:45 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