David Dewhurst, Texas Land Commissioner, told Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association members attending their fall meeting in Laredo, Oct. 11-13, that the level of disaster preparedness in Texas is extremely high. Dewhurst was recently appointed by Gov. Rick Perry as chairman of the state’s new task force on homeland security. Perry has asked the task force to evaluate state and local preparedness and to help coordinate development of recommendations on how to improve the state’s ability to detect, deter and coordinate response to any terrorist events. “This state is better prepared, I believe, than any other state in the country,” emphasized Dewhurst. “What the government has asked us to do is make sure we’re totally coordinated with all the federal agencies. We’re beefing up law enforcement. We’re hardening most of our targets around Texas, and I think we’re in good shape.” Both Dewhurst and John Sharp, former state comptroller, who also spoke to the group, are running for lieutenant governor in the November 2002 election. State Sen. Judith Zaffirini presented TSCRA President John Dudley with a certificate of congratulations for the work he does with the association. She addressed the membership, emphasizing the importance of not only passing, but funding legislative bills. “As you look back to the legislative session that ended in May, you can see how your effective communication helped secure higher funding for many of the issues and programs that you care about,” she said. “Too many people don’t understand adequately that it matters not what law you pass if you don’t fund it adequately.” Agriculture Commissioner Susan Combs also reported on the recent legislative session, explaining that all rural economic development responsibilities have been transferred to her office. Members of Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association will meet in Fort Worth, March 17-20, for their 125th annual convention and trade show. For more information on the association’s educational programs and business meetings, call 1-800-242-7820. Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association is a 124-year-old trade organization whose 13,200 members manage approximately 2.7 million cattle on 58.9 million acres of range and pasture land, primarily in Texas and Oklahoma.