Trey Blocker, Candidate for Texas Agriculture Commissioner, Endorsed
by the Texas Nursery & Landscape Association Political Action Committee
When should an industry stand up for the things that make it strong, that bring it
success, that pushes it further?
When should the Green Industry stand tall and proud for what it is, for what it brings to the Texas economy and for the kind of leadership it expects from government to
help it continue delivering outdoor beauty throughout the State?
The Texas Nursery & Landscape Association Political Action Committee
has decided the answer is NOW.
The TNLA PAC Trustees unanimously decided that using the power of the TNLA PAC was critical in the race for Texas Agriculture Commissioner. Current Commissioner Sid Miller is a nurseryman. He is the owner of a tree farm that is presently a TNLA Member company. Those factors made the decision of endorsing a candidate personal to the industry, but no less crucial.
Last week the TNLA PAC announced it was endorsing Trey Blocker for Texas Agriculture Commissioner. In the press release announcing the decision Jim Prewitt, TNLA PAC Chair said, “After meeting with Trey Blocker it became apparent that his insights and talent are assets the Texas Green Industry needs. Mr. Blocker is capable of assisting with Texas agriculture’s continued growth and speaking on behalf of our industry at the National level. Enthusiastic leadership is what we can look forward to with Trey Blocker as Texas Agriculture Commissioner.”
Trey is a strong candidate for Agriculture Commissioner, but why did the Trustees not continue to support a Member of TNLA? That is what truly makes this decision so BOLD. It would be easier to continue to support Commissioner Miller.
Over the last few years the Texas Green Industry has been forced to fight against phytosanitary certificate fee increases, has seen state Legislators unwilling to work with Commissioner Miller, has struggled with poor communication regarding critical labor issues and has suffered intimidation tactics when disagreement occurs. This is not servant leadership. This is not what we believe the Texas Green Industry needs. This is why the Trustees made the decision to endorse Mr. Blocker.
The Texas Department of Agriculture(TDA) impacts every facet of our industry. It’s easy to understand how the agency interacts with growers but retailers, landscapers, arborists, irrigators and suppliers are also touched by the decisions and actions of the agency.
Writing rules, conducting inspections, establishing regulations and quarantines, controlling the transport of product between jobs and cities are some of the ways TDA impacts TNLA Members. Pesticide licensing and CEU approvals also fall under its purview. And of course, if you sell plants you have a Nursery Floral license from TDA. We need to stand up for our industry to ensure that we have the kind of leadership we expect and the kind of leadership we deserve.
We hope you consider voting for Trey Blocker in the Primary Election on Tuesday, March 6. Early voting begins February 20. Help us elect Trey Blocker by donating to his campaign, using the button below. No amount is too small!
If you would like to learn more about this decision please contact Jeff Stokes, TNLA Legislative & Regulatory Director by emailing [email protected].