State News

Quilting Competition
11:50 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Wanted: Texas quilters to tell the story of agriculture

TexasFlagQuilts.com

Austin – Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples is asking quilters across the Lone Star State to participate in the Texas Department of Agriculture’s 2012 quilt block competition.   This year’s theme, “Agriculture is Your Culture,” was chosen to spotlight  TDA’s educational campaign that demonstrates how agriculture impacts the lives of all Americans.

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State News
4:49 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

By the numbers: Texas wildfires, six months later

AUSTIN - Nearly six months into the response and recovery effort following the late-summer Texas wildfires, more than $42 million in state and federal assistance is getting to wildfire survivors and their communities.

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Wildfire Assistance
1:45 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Request for Public Assistance deadline approaches for Texas counties

A wildfire flares up on the west side of Possum Kingdom Lake, Texas, Saturday, April 16, 2011.
AP Photo/LM Otero

AUSTIN, Texas - Local governments and other public entities in 30 Texas counties hit by wildfires from Aug. 30 to Dec. 31, 2011, have 10 days to submit official requests for federal assistance, the Texas Division of Emergency Management and Federal Emergency Management Agency said Tuesday.

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Texas Department of Agriculture
8:51 am
Thu February 2, 2012

TDA seeks partnerships to feed kids this summer

Seal of the Texas Department of Agriculture

AUSTIN — As part of an ongoing effort to promote nutrition and fight childhood food insecurity, the Texas Department of Agriculture is seeking partner organizations to raise awareness of the federally funded Summer Nutrition Programs.

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New Ag Board
10:00 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Grain Producer Indemnity Board meets

AUSTIN — The newly appointed Texas Grain Producer Indemnity Board recently met for the first time to discuss strategies for helping Texas grain producers mitigate losses in the event of a grain warehouse failure.

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Agriculture
3:09 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

TDA acts to protect Texas' onions

Onions can fall to destructive thrips.
http://www.vegetarian-nutrition.info/

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Agriculture today announced it has been granted approval by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue a Section 18 specific exemption allowing the use of spirotetramat (Movento) to control destructive thrips on onions in Texas. 

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Drought-related funds
8:13 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Ag Commish announces water relief funds

2011 saw the worst Texas drought in 100 years.
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AUSTIN — With an historic drought threatening to deplete entire water supplies in some rural Texas communities, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples today announced the availability of funding to sustain and enhance water resources. 

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Shoo, fly
11:35 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Texas, US eradicate Mexican fruit fly

Female Mexican Fruit Fly
wikipedia.org

AUSTIN - For the first time since 1927, Texas and the United States have been declared free of the citrus-destroying Mexican fruit fly following four years of successful eradication efforts by the Texas Department of Agriculture and USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

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FEMA
12:01 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

New Emergency Management Deputy Administrator

FEMA Region 6 Deputy Administrator Tony Robinson
http://www.city-data.com/

Denton, Texas - Today, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 6 Administrator Tony Russell officially welcomed Tony Robinson as the new FEMA Region 6 Deputy Regional Administrator.

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Be Prepared
3:56 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

FEMA Director: Resolve to be ready in 2012

FEMA logo

DENTON As 2012 follows one of the most active years for disasters in recent history, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourages all Americans to Resolve to be Ready by taking simple steps to prepare for emergencies.

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