After the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement today of the final Application Exclusion Zone rule, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture CEO Dr. Barb Glenn issued the following statement:
“NASDA members have emphasized the importance of including clear directives, flexibility for farm operators and high safety standards for farm workers in a final Application Exclusion Zone rule since the proposed language was published in 2019. We’re pleased to see EPA adopted these priorities when crafting the final rule. In a time when certainty is valued more than ever, we’re thankful for the clarity the rule creates for farmers.
NASDA will continue to work closely with EPA as co-regulators on pesticide application to meet the responsibility of protecting the safety our nation’s agricultural workforce and economic viability of our farms.”
NASDA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit association which represents the elected and appointed commissioners, secretaries and directors of the departments of agriculture in all fifty states and four U.S. territories. NASDA grows and enhances agriculture by forging partnerships and creating consensus to achieve sound policy outcomes between state departments of agriculture, the federal government and stakeholders. Learn more about NASDA at www.nasda.org.