Basics of the Endangered Species Act

 

Basics of the Endangered Species Act

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The Endangered Species Act (“ESA”) protects species identified as endangered or threatened with extinction and attempts to protect the habitat on which they depend.  It does so by preventing the “take” of listed species, as well as the ensuring that the species’ critical habitat is protected from modification or degradation.

Because there are no specific agricultural exemptions to the law, and because agriculture is such …

Recording of Webinar on Legal Developments in Animal Agriculture

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 …