Webinar to address livestock production legal issues

Michel Elben
Contact ReporterCarroll County Times
"2015 has seen interesting development in legal issues related to livestock production"

The Agricultural Law Education Initiative will host a free webinar Thursday, Aug. 6 from noon to 1 p.m. to discuss the potential impacts of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and Clean Air Act.

According to Paul Goeringer, University of Maryland Extension legal specialist for the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, the webinar will feature Dr. Shannon Ferrell, Oklahoma State University's associate professor of agricultural economics. He will discuss the implications of the RCRA and CAA on animal agriculture, recent litigation, and other legal issues.

Goeringer said "2015 has seen interesting development in legal issues related to livestock production."

A federal district judge ruled in January that manure (stored or applied to a field) could become a solid waste under federal environmental laws, Goeringer said. At the same time, a consortium of environmental and animal welfare groups filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency for failure to act on their petition to regulate ammonia gas releases from animal feeding operations. The law as it relates to these operations is currently in a state of flux.

The webinar, sponsored by the University of Maryland's Agriculture Law Education Initiative, University of Maryland Extension Poultry, AREC Crop Insurance Education Program, DAIReXNT, the Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center, Texas AgriLife Extension, the Northeast Extension Risk Management Education Center, the Southern Risk Management Education Center, and the MSBA Section on Agriculture Law, is open to livestock producers, Extension educators, agricultural service professionals, and anyone else interested in learning more about the potential impacts of RCRA and the CAA on livestock operations.

To register, visit go.umd.edu/ManureWeb.

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