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EPA Region 7 to Participate at National Association of Farm Broadcasting Trade Talk Event Nov. 12 in Kansas City, Mo.

Contact Information: 
Kris Lancaster (lancaster.kris@epa.gov)

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(Lenexa, Kan., Nov. 9, 2015) - EPA officials will be available for interviews at the annual National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) Trade Talk event at the Westin Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday, Nov. 12.

Interview topics include the Renewable Fuel Standards, Worker Protection Standard, outreach to the agricultural community, nutrient management technologies, and regulatory updates related to agribusiness.

WHAT: National Association of Farm Broadcasting Convention and Trade Talk

WHEN: 7:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015

WHO: Ron Carleton, EPA Agriculture Counselor; Mark Hague, EPA Regional Administrator; and Kris Lancaster, EPA Agricultural Public Affairs Specialist

WHERE: Booth 74, Westin Crown Center, 1 Pershing Road, Kansas City, Mo. 64108

Biographies of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Booth 74 Staff

Ron Carleton joined EPA as the Counselor to the Administrator for Agricultural Policy in January 2015. Prior to his appointment at EPA, Carleton served as Deputy Commissioner at the Colorado Department of Agriculture. His work as Deputy Commissioner focused on climate issues, environmental regulations, food safety, industrial hemp regulations, agricultural education, and the Farm Bill. Carleton also worked for more than 30 years in the U.S. Congress, where he handled variety of legislative issues, including agriculture, energy, environment, water, and land management issues. His most recent Congressional experience was as Chief of Staff to then Colorado Congressman John Salazar. Carleton holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Houston, a master's degree from the American University, and a law degree from George Mason University of School of Law. He is a member of Virginia State Bar.

Mark Hague serves as the Regional Administrator for EPA Region 7, which consists of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and nine tribal nations. He is responsible for overseeing the overall operations within the region, and the implementation of federal environmental rules and regulations. Hague has 35 years of experience with EPA. He began his career at EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C., in 1980. Hague has served Region 7 in a variety of leadership roles, which have included Deputy Regional Administrator (DRA), Director of the Enforcement Coordination Office, as well as Acting Assistant Regional Administrator for the Office of Policy and Management. Hague graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in May 1980 with a degree in political science/public administration.

Kris Lancaster is an EPA spokesperson responsible for agriculture, pesticides, renewable fuels, water, and regulatory issues impacting agribusiness. His past agricultural employment includes serving as a licensed grain inspector, agricultural advisor to the chairman of the Missouri House Agriculture Committee and to two members of Congress, a farm real estate broker, a federal crop insurance broker, and a negotiator of agricultural leases for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. His family owns a corn and soybean farm in Scotland County, Mo. Lancaster has three decades of media relations experience and serves on Region 7's Agriculture Team. He is a member of the National Agri-Marketing Association. He graduated from the University of Central Missouri and completed an advanced sciences program at Park University.

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