February 18, 2010
Commissioner Staples, AG, Governor challenge EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gases
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples joined Attorney General Greg Abbott and Gov. Rick Perry on Feb. 17 in challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) authority to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. The petition outlines how EPA has ignored major scientific conclusions, and questions the federal government decision to regulate greenhouse gas emissions based on fragile claims.
"EPA's move to regulate greenhouse gases would impose devastating rules on those Texans who fuel one of our state's largest economic sectors - farmers and ranchers," Commissioner Staples said. "As a regulatory agency, the Texas Department of Agriculture is required to impose rules based on sound science -- not political science. Not only does state law require this, but it is also a fundamental principle by which regulators all across the U.S. have always lived. EPA has ignored extensive research on greenhouse gas emissions and based this significant regulation on faulty data."
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Langford selected for inaugural Keystone Award
In recognition of his lifetime of service protecting our agricultural heritage and conserving native wildlife, wildlife habitat, and natural lands in Texas, TWA Vice President Emeritus David K. Langford will receive the inaugural Keystone Award at a reception held at Becker Vineyards in Stonewall, Texas, from 5 -7 p.m., Friday, February 26th.
The event opens the 7th Farm & Range Forum, which continues with a full-day program in Fredericksburg, Texas, on the 27th.
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TWA active in important groundwater case heard by Texas Supreme Court
The Texas Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Feb. 17 in an important groundwater case in which the Texas Wildlife Association filed an amicus curiae brief in support that landowners have a vested right in the groundwater below their land.
TWA appreciates the efforts of the South Texans' Property Rights Association in supporting the brief in Edwards Aquifer Authority and the State of Texas v. Burrell Day and Joel McDaniel.
Click here for the full statement by STPRA regarding its participation in the amicus brief on behalf of TWA.
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TWA prominent at Life's Better Outside Experience
The Texas Wildlife Association is a large participant in this weekend's Life's Better Outside Experience at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo (Feb. 20-21), with information and activities from TWA's Conservation Legacy and Hunting Heritage programs available for the entire family.
The Life's Better Outside Experience is sponsored by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Upcoming venues for the Experience and TWA activities are the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (March 6-7), Buc Days in Corpus Christi (April 24-25), and Alleyfest in Longview (June 5-6).
Quail Field Investigation
Have a great time as a volunteer at the Quail Field Investigation Day for Dripping Springs Middle School (7th grade) students, April 1, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., at The Shield Ranch in Dripping Springs.
Three hundred and eighty kids will have a blast, and you will, too! Volunteers are needed and appreciated -- contact Koy Coffer, TWA Education Program Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Application deadline nearing for $20,000 in scholarships
Applications for $20,000 in scholarships from the 10th Annual Texas Big Game Awards (TBGA) Wildlife Conservation College Scholarship Program, sponsored by Carter's Country Outdoor Stores and the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of Texas, are due March 1.
New for the 2010 program is a requirement that all applicants must be agriculture and/or natural resource-related majors. Also, there will be eight scholarships (one per TBGA Region) awarded at $1,500 each, and the overall top scholarship applicant will receive a $3,000 college scholarship. Click here for more details.