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EPA Region 7 to Participate at National Association of Farm Broadcasting Trade Talk Event Nov. 13 in Kansas City, Mo.

Release Date: 11/07/2014
Contact Information: Kris Lancaster, 913-551-7557,

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(Lenexa, Kan., Nov. 7, 2014) - 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. 13.

Interview topics include the Waters of the U.S. proposal; outreach to the agricultural community; nutrient management; and regulatory updates related to chemical safety, pesticides and grain storage.

WHAT: National Association of Farm Broadcasting Convention and Trade Talk

WHEN: 7:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

WHO: Karl Brooks, Regional Administrator, and Kris Lancaster, Agricultural Public Affairs Specialist

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

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

Karl Brooks is Regional Administrator for EPA Region 7. He was appointed in February 2010 by President Barack Obama and reports directly to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. His EPA responsibilities include supervising environmental programs in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and nine tribal nations. Previous to this appointment, Brooks taught American environmental, political, and legal history as well as environmental law and policy at the University of Kansas. Brooks practiced trial and appellate law for a decade. He was elected in 1986 to the first of three terms in the Idaho Senate. Retiring from elective politics, from 1993 to 1996 he served the Idaho Conservation League as executive director and legislative liaison.

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 and Renewable Fuels Team. He graduated from Central Missouri State University and completed an advanced sciences program at Park University.

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