It’s severe weather awareness week in Texas

Straight-line wind storms, thunderstorms and tornadoes can occur at any time of year in Texas. So it pays for individuals and families to plan what to do well in advance. Feb. 19 – 25, 2012, is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Texas. The Texas Division of Emergency Management, Texas Department of Public Safety and the National Weather Service remind you that this is a good time to talk to your friends and family about emergency preparedness. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cattle stolen in Johnson and Ellis Counties; Equipment stolen in Smith

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raiser Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger H.D. Brittain has reported the theft of cattle near the Johnson and Ellis County line. Stolen were 8 mostly black cows branded with a turkey track on their left hip and 9 unbranded calves weighing approximately 500 lbs. TSCRA Special Ranger Larry Hand, Dist. 13 in East Texas has also reported the theft of farm equipment, including a John Deere tractor with a rear hay fork, a red 28-foot gooseneck flatbed trailer and 100 gallons of farm diesel from a property near Lake Palestine in Smith County. Read more…

Texas drought sparks water well drilling frenzy

As the most intense drought in state history drags on, plenty of Texans are waiting for months to have water wells drilled, fearful that their municipalities could impose stricter limits on water use. But this increased demand is causing concerns that groundwater in some places will start drying up, and regulators are working on rules to maintain certain groundwater levels. Read more…

Comptroller succeeds in protecting Texas economy with Texas Conservation Plan

A voluntary species conservation plan that will help protect the economic vitality of Texas oil and gas and other industries was approved today by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). The Texas Conservation Plan (TCP) for the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard was spearheaded by Texas Comptroller Susan Combs with the help of stakeholders representing landowners, the oil and gas industry, agriculture and state and federal agencies. Read more…

Texas A&M researchers unlock Quarter Horse genome

In a study recently reported in the journal BMC Genomics, researchers at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, working with collaborators in the Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Texas AgriLife Genomics and Bioinformatics Center, have sequenced the first Quarter Horse genome – helping unlock the secrets of what makes this breed so unique. Read more…