The Endangered Species Act and Agricultural Operations


Recently, there have been several interesting issues emerging from the interactions of the Endangered Species Act and agricultural operations. For instance, the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to hear a case involving the impact of critical habitat designations on a timber operation in Louisiana. In NJ, the listing of the red knot has already impacted aquaculture operations in the state, with one operation shut down and another potentially moving its farm. Further, many are wondering about the impact of bee listings on agriculture. However, the Act’s terms and how the different sections work together can be confusing for those who are unfamiliar with the ESA. In addition, the Trump Administration released proposed new rules in July 2018 that would impact how the ESA is implemented by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service.

This webinar will summarize the different sections of the Endangered Species Act, how the sections work together, and how they could impact agricultural operations, as well as the new proposed rules from the Trump Administration.

This webinar was recorded on November 14, 2018. To listen to a recording of the webinar, please click here.


Catherine M. Janasie
Senior Research Counsel
National Sea Grant Law Center

Catherine M. Janasie is Senior Research Counsel with the National Sea Grant Law Center (NSGLC) at The University of Mississippi School of Law where she provides legal and policy analyses to organizations and government entities on ocean, coastal, and natural resources issues and teaches environmental law classes, including Natural Resources Law, Water Law, and Agricultural Law. She also serves as the Editor of the Sea Grant Law & Policy Journal and as a Vice Chair on the Marine Resources Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources. Prior to joining the NSGLC, Cathy received her LL.M. in Environmental & Natural Resources Law from Lewis & Clark Law School and worked for the National Wildlife Refuge System, Division of Realty of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.  Previously, she practiced law in New York, NY at the law firm of Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP.  Cathy received her J.D. and B.A. from Rutgers University.

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