May 8 webinar to discuss state approaches to water quality impacts from agricultural nutrients
By Sarah Cato
U of A System Division of Agriculture
May 6, 2019
- The use of agricultural nutrients have had an impact on water quality in the U.S.
- A webinar hosted by the National Agricultural Law Center will discuss the laws, regulations and programs addressing the issue in each state
- Webinar will be Wednesday May 8 at 12 p.m. EST (11 a.m. Central Time)
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Nutrients from agricultural crop production have had a detrimental impact on water quality in the United States, but many states are working to address the issue.
A webinar hosted by the National Agricultural Law Center on Wednesday, May 8 will present the results of a survey of laws, regulations and programs in 50 states that affect agricultural nutrients at the ground level.
The survey, conducted by Peggy Hall and Ellen Essman, sought to identify approaches state governments are taking that relate to minimizing water impacts from the use of nutrients on agricultural lands, including both commercial fertilizers and animal manure. Surveyors also observed common themes among state approaches.
Hall and Essman will be presenting Wednesday’s webinar. Hall is a professor of Agribusiness Law at Ohio State University and directs research and outreach project for OSU’s Agricultural and Resource Law Program. Essman is a senior research associate in the Agricultural and Resource Law Program in Ohio State University Extension.
“Water quality concerns are driving policy development throughout the country so a comprehensive look at how different states are addressing this issue will be an important resource for policymakers,” said Rusty Rumley, Senior Staff Attorney for the National Agricultural Law Center.
For more information on agricultural law and upcoming webinars, visit www.nationalaglawcenter.org. To learn more about how University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture researchers are helping producers to minimize agricultural runoff through our Discovery Farms program, visit https://aaes.uark.edu/discovery-farms/.
About the National Agricultural Law Center
The National Agricultural Law Center serves as the nation’s leading source of agricultural and food law research and information. The Center works with producers, state and federal policymakers, Congressional staffers, attorneys, land grant universities, and many others to provide objective, nonpartisan agricultural and food law research and information to the nation’s agricultural community.
The Center is a unit of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and works in close partnership with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, National Agricultural Library.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact 479-575-4607 as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.
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Media Contact: Ryan McGeeney
U of A System Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service