Messages of Pat M. Neff, Governor of Texas to the thirty-seventh legislature Page: 10 of 36
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efficiently and economically. There should be no duplication or overlapping.
We have two agencies which affect our agricultural interests,
those which are educational and those which are administrative.
All activities which pertain to the educational aspect and to the knowledge
of agriculture should be, as a matter of economy in energy and
money, lodged in and confined to the Agricultural and Mechanical
College; and all those agencies protective of agricultural interests,
which are administrative in nature and which invoke the police power
of the State, should be vested in the Department of Agriculture. To illustrate:
The Farmers' Institute work, now conducted by the Department
of Agriculture, should be done by the Agricultural and Mechanical
College, because it is educational, and the home economics work,
now maintained by the Department of Agriculture, should be done by
the College of Industrial Arts, because work of that kind is being
taught by that institution. It is absolutely foolish for these three
agencies of the government to be engaged, as they are now, in the same
kind of work. The transfer of these different activities to their respective
departments of the government will represent, through the
process of elimination, a wonderful and distinct saving in effort,
energy and money. I commend most heartily to our Agricultural
Department and to our institutions of learning that this separation of
their work be made and that the differences heretofore and now
existing between these agencies of the government, be in this way
finally settled. This will be a great saving of both money and machinery.
AGRICULTURAL DEPARTMENT AND THE WAREHOUSE AND MARKETING
The Department of Agriculture should be widened, strengthened
and perfected. It should be the strong, directing head of all the
agricultural agencies of the State requiring administrative duties.
This is sound in theory and practical in application. The functions
of the Warehouse and Marketing Department relate to agricultural
affairs and are administrative in character. Therefore, it is recommended
that this department be transferred to and that the entire
work thereof be vested in and conducted by the Commissioner of Agriculture.
The consolidation of these two departments will prevent
duplication of work, eliminate friction, lessen overhead expenses and
give to the people of the State a strong, centralized directing power
in behalf of agriculture from the time the crop is planted until it
has been properly marketed. To be specific, each of these departments
has a Market Division. They should not be operated separately.
They should be combined into one big, well-equipped DiPage
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Neff, Pat M. Messages of Pat M. Neff, Governor of Texas to the thirty-seventh legislature, book, 1921; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5871/m1/10/: accessed April 26, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .