UACES Facebook April 1 webinar to review proposed changes to Agriculture and the National Environmental Policy Act
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March 27, 2020

April 1 webinar to review proposed changes to Agriculture and the National Environmental Policy Act

By Sarah Cato
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Fast facts:

  • National Agricultural Law Center webinar to discuss basics of the National Environmental Policy Act and proposed changes
  • Webinar is April 1 at noon to 1 p.m. EST
  • Register online at: http://bit.ly/2Wr5bOh

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – In January, the Council on Environmental Quality sought regulatory overhaul for the National Environmental Policy Act, the first significant change to the act since it was passed in 1970. 

NEPA — Karen Carr, a Washington, D.C.-based partner and co-leader of the Agricultural Technology group at Arent Fox LLP, will lead a webinar discussing NEPA and its potential changes on April 1 at noon EDT. (Division of Agriculture photo.)

The National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA, requires federal agencies to consider the environmental impacts of their actions before taking them, by drafting either an environmental assessment or an environmental impact statement. Although the CEQ has not made any significant changes to the NEPA regulations in decades, the potential changes could be extensive. 

“These proposed regulations are essentially a comprehensive overhaul of how NEPA is currently implemented,” said Brigit Rollins, staff attorney for the National Agricultural Law Center. “It would have an effect on what types of projects receive NEPA review, what kinds of environmental impacts will be considered, and much more.”

Karen Carr, a Washington, D.C.-based partner and co-leader of the Agricultural Technology group at Arent Fox LLP, will lead a webinar discussing NEPA and its potential changes on April 1 at noon EDT.

“In this webinar I will address the basics of NEPA and walk through recently proposed changes,” Carr said. “We will also look at various reactions to these proposed changes, and how they may impact the intersection of NEPA and agriculture.” 

Those interested in the upcoming webinar can register online at: http://bit.ly/2Wr5bOh.

Those interested in the proposed NEPA changes can read more here: http://bit.ly/38gOGap.

For more information on the National Agricultural Law Center, visit https://nationalaglawcenter.org/  or follow @Nataglaw on Twitter.

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:
Sarah Cato
U of A System Division of Agriculture
National Agricultural Law Center        
870-815-9035
sscato@uark.edu     

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