Six Texans among Trump agriculture advisers

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry Star-Telegram archives

Donald Trump has tapped a half-dozen well-known Texans — including former Gov. Rick Perry — to advise him on agriculture policy in his campaign for the White House.

The Republican nominee’s campaign on Tuesday announced a 64-member Agricultural Advisory Committee that it said “will provide pioneering new ideas to strengthen our nation’s agricultural industry as well as provide support to our rural communities.”

In addition to Perry, the Texans on the panel are U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Midland, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee; Helen Kleberg Groves, daughter of longtime King Ranch president Robert Kleberg Jr.; Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller; Red Steagall, the official “cowboy poet of Texas” who lives on a ranch in Parker County; and Johnny Trotter, president of Bar-G Feedyards in Hereford and inductee into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in Fort Worth.

“The members of my agricultural advisory committee represent the best that America can offer to help serve agricultural communities,” Trump said in a statement. “Many of these officials have been elected by their communities to solve the issues that impact our rural areas every day. I’m very proud to stand with these men and women, and look forward to serving those who serve all Americans from the White House.”

Miller had previously announced he would be named to the panel. Earlier this month, he told a Lubbock radio host that Trump would be “great for agriculture” and did not rule out ultimately serving in a Trump administration.