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Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Logistics Division

Agribusiness, Land & Minerals

Agribusiness operates and manages over 139,000 acres located in 47 counties in Texas. Employing approximately 300 employees and utilizing over 2,500 offenders. Production is diversified and ranges from 24 varieties of edible crops to a cow and heifer herd in excess of 10,000 head. In addition to production enterprises, the department manages a pork packing plant, beef processing plant, vegetable canning plant, two feedmills, two cotton gins, and an alfalfa dehydrator.

Offenders are an integral part of the labor force and are used in many capacities on the farm level. Job duties range from clerks in the farm and shop offices, tractor and heavy equipment operators, to line squad members that clean fence rows and drainage ditches and harvest crops. Jobs in various agriculture programs such as the pork packing plant, beef processing plant, canning plant, and feedmills allow the offender to obtain a skill and acquire experience that can eventually be used in the outside world.

Agribusiness works with the Texas Association of Second Harvest Food Banks. Through this partnership TDCJ participates in various programs to help feed the hungry and provide assistance to communities throughout the state.

Our Philosophy:

Agribusiness, Land & Minerals will be responsive to the needs of the agency and perform those agriculture functions that will be of true value to the state of Texas. We will strive to be a good steward of state resources, diligent in the performance of agricultural duties, honest in dealings with others, and ethical in all actions and deeds. We will continually strive to improve operations through the use of effective communications, planning, coordination and teamwork.

Our Goals:

  • Produce as much as possible of the food and fiber requirements of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice at long-term economical levels
  • Provide on-unit support of security and transportation functions
  • Provide revenue from sales of surplus agricultural production
  • Utilize available offender labor to reduce cost of operations
  • Provide offenders the opportunity for job skills and work-ethic training during rehabilitation to increase employment opportunities after release

Agribusiness, Land & Minerals includes:

For More Information:

Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Logistics Division
Agribusiness, Land & Minerals
Two Financial Plaza, Suite 410
Huntsville, TX 77340
Phone: (936) 437-5400