Agriculture & Natural Resources

Ellis County

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Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is urging Texans to take extreme precaution when receiving unsolicited seed packets from China. These packets have been mailed to multiple states, including Texas, falsely labeled as jewelry. Residents are advised not to plant the seeds as they could contain harmful invasive species or be otherwise unsafe.

“I am urging folks to take this matter seriously,” Commissioner Miller said. “An invasive plant species might not sound threatening, but these small invaders could destroy Texas agriculture. TDA has been working closely with USDA to analyze these unknown seeds so we can protect Texas residents.”

If you receive a foreign package containing seeds do not open it or plant the contents. Keep contents contained in their original sealed package. For more information, CLICK HERE

An invasive species is an organism that is not native to a particular region. The introduction of this “alien species” can cause economic or environmental harm. In agriculture, an invasive species can destroy native crops, introduce disease to native plants and may be dangerous for livestock.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) urges anyone who receives an unsolicited package of seeds to mail those seeds to the location closest to your area of residence.

For Ellis County, the following APHIS location can be used:


Dallas Ft Worth Work Unit 75261 

Attn: Janet Ussery, Officer in Charge 

P.O. Box 610063

Dallas, Texas 75261

Instructions for Mailing Seed Packets:

  • Place the unopened seed packet and any packaging, including the mailing label, in a mailing envelope. If the seed packets are open, first place the seeds and their packaging into a zip-lock bag, seal it, and then place everything into a mailing envelope.
  • Please include your name, address, and phone number so that a State or Federal agriculture official can contact you for additional information, if needed.
  • In some cases, you may also submit your information online. Instructions are provided below if that is an option in your state.

If you are unable to mail the package to one of the locations below, please contact your APHIS State plant health director to arrange a no-contact pick up or to determine a convenient drop-off location.

If you wish to email APHIS regarding the unsolicited seed packages:


Asian Giant Hornet (Murder Hornet)

News stories have sparked the concern about the Asian Giant Hornet (AGH). Here is current information about the AGH and it’s presence – rather its lack of presence in Texas. Learn more about this insect and it’s look-a-likes: CLICK HERE


Can ticks and mosquitoes transmit the coronavirus?

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COVID-19 and Domestic Pets

Whether or not your pet can become infected with the COVID-19 virus has produced some confusion. While some reports have surfaced that pets cannot contract the virus, other reports say it is still possible. So what’s the truth? CLICK HERE to read full article.

You can also learn more from the American Veterinary Medical Association, Click Here on what you (and Veterinarians) need to know about COVID-19 and animals/pets.

AgriLife TODAY is a great resource for current and up-to-date information on topics impacting Texans. Click on the image below to learn more!

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