The Endangered Species Act, Family Farms, and Our Environment

January 2024 | 21 min., 12 sec.
by A. Stanley Culpepper
University of Georgia

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​Production agriculture and the practical use of pesticides are among the many threats to endangered species. Pesticides are regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and instances of potential harm must be addressed by law, whether through court action or regulation. Possible limitations on available chemicals are of serious concern to farmers, as are numerous other challenges: pesticide resistance, fertilizer prices, global markets, extreme weather, water, regulatory challenges, and pesticide stewardship. The EPA has established a vulnerable species pilot project, and its workplan is intended to protect endangered and threatened species from pesticides.

About the Presenter

A. Stanley CulpepperA. Stanley Culpepper is a Professor in the Crop and Soil Science Department at The University of Georgia. A native of North Carolina, he grew up on a bicentennial family farm producing cotton, peanut, soybean, and wheat. He received his BS in Agronomy from NC State University in 1993. His MS and PhD were also obtained at NC State University in weed science under the direction of Dr. Alan York in 1996 and 1999, respectively. Stanley began his professional career at The University of Georgia as a cotton, vegetable, and small grain weed scientist in 1999, and continues with those same responsibilities today.​

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