2015 has seen interesting development in legal issues related to livestock production. In January 2015, a federal district judge ruled that manure (stored or applied to a field) could become a solid waste under federal environmental laws. At the same time, a consortium of environmental and animal welfare groups filed a lawsuit against the EPA 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.
On August 6th, Dr. Shannon Ferrell, Oklahoma associate professor of agricultural economics, Department of Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University, discussed the implications of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and Clean Air Act (CAA) on animal agriculture, recent litigation, and other legal issues.
A recording of the webinar is available below and a copy of the presentation is available by clicking here.
The webinar is 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 Educaiton Center, and the MSBA Section on Agricuture Law.
This joint Extension webinar is open to all and will not discriminate against anyone because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry, or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation, or gender identity and expression.