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Why is EPA Involved with Agriculture?

National Agriculture Information

 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is committed to protecting the Nation’s food, water, land and air for generations to come. These are goals that are important to American farmers, as well.

EPA Region 4 received a grant from the EPA Office of Environmental Justice to develop green jobs in the Alabama Black Belt.  At least 75 percent of the funding will be to support green jobs for agriculture and will be used to develop a community food system.  Hands-on training in sustainable agriculture production will be provided to community members to help them produce fruits, vegetables, livestock, fish and bio-energy crops to support local markets. The training will begin in the fall of 2010.

Region 4 will be looking to collaborate with other partners that can provide farm loans, farm equipment, marketing and other assistance to help support this project over a multi-year period.

Truly Living Well owner Rashid Nuri talking to the agriculture field tour group

Urban farmer discusses his natural farming techniques with EPA and University of Georgia employees.

EPA Region 4's Regional Strategy for Agriculture (MS-Word: 13 pp, 623KB) provides coordination with EPA’s National Strategy for Agriculture. The Region 4 strategy summarizes the Region’s priority activities related to agriculture and describes the Region’s approach for working in cooperation and collaboration with agricultural interests to:

Agriculture is a vital part of the economy, culture, and history of the Southeast. Farmers and ranchers provide food, feed, fiber, and some fuel using plants, animals and their by-products. Statistics for Region 4 compiled from the U.S. Department of Agriculture 2007 Census of Agriculture show that:

Region 4’s Commitment to Work with Agriculture

EPA Region 4’s vision is to work with agricultural interests, other federal agencies, states, tribes, and others to achieve continual environmental improvement and promote the sustainable and economically viable production of safe, abundant supplies of food, fiber, and energy products.

EPA recently approved two new rules that impact agriculture operations:

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Agriculture Contacts

Issue/Program
Person Telephone
Agriculture Policy and Agriculture Issues
Denise Tennessee
(tennessee.denise@epa.gov)
404-562-8460
Agriculture - Water Issues
Duane Robertson
(robertson.duane@epa.gov)
404-562-9398
Air Quality - Diesel Emission Reduction
Alan Powell
(powell.alan@epa.gov)
404-562-9045
Air Quality - Monitoring/Airborne Nutrients

Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) Enforcement
Don Joe
(joe.don@epa.gov)
404-562-9761
CAFO Permitting
Sam Sampath
(sampath.sam@epa.gov)
404-562-9229
Non-point Source
Pollution Control
Thomas McGill
(mcgill.thomas@epa.gov)
404-562-9243
Pesticides
Lora Lee Schroeder
(schroeder.lora@epa.gov)
404-562-9015
Resource Conservation and
Recovery Act (RCRA)
Thornell Cheeks
(cheeks.thornell@epa.gov)
404-562-8479

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For information about the contents of this page, please contact Denise Tennessee.


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