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Texas Governor Signs Olive Oil Advisory Board Bill Into Law

May. 2, 2019
Daniel Dawson

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Gov­er­nor Greg Abbott has signed a bill cre­at­ing the Texas Olive Oil Advi­sory Board.

The bill eas­ily passed through both the Texas Sen­ate and the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives ear­lier this year, receiv­ing bipar­ti­san sup­port in both.

The pas­sage of this bill and sub­se­quent cre­ation of the advi­sory board takes us to the next step of defin­ing the pri­or­i­ties, oppor­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges our indus­try must address for Texas olive oil to expand and strengthen,” Cathy Bernell, a board mem­ber of the Texas Asso­ci­a­tion of Olive Oil and major pro­po­nent of the bill, said.

The next steps now will be for Texas olive grow­ers to nom­i­nate board mem­bers, which will then be approved by the com­mis­sioner of the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Live­stock.

The Texas Olive Oil Advi­sory Board will make it eas­ier for olive grow­ers and oil pro­duc­ers to get grant money from both the Texas and United States Depart­ments of Agri­cul­ture, lead to the imple­men­ta­tion and enforce­ment of qual­ity stan­dards for vir­gin and extra vir­gin olive oil and pro­vide fund­ing for olive-spe­cific edu­ca­tional pro­grams at Texas uni­ver­si­ties.

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