Texas Department of Agriculture Increases More than 100 Fees

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VICTORIA, Texas - More than 100 fees related to agriculture production are going up this year in Texas, but the added costs to produce food likely won't be passed on to consumers.

The Victoria Advocate reports that Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, when disclosing the fees in an October letter, says the increases are necessary to recover costs of regulatory programs.

Among the fees boosted are certifications, such as those for applying pesticides or organic certification. Some of the increases are about $10, while others are up to six times more than what they were.

The vice president of quantitative analysis with Agrilogic Consulting, Keith Schumann, says most local agriculture businesses have to take market price for their products, leaving them, not the consumer, to bear the brunt of the fees.