Today, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approving its revisions to pesticide Application Exclusion Zone Requirements. NASDA’s comments outlined the importance of clear regulations, flexibility for farm operators and assured safety for all farm workers.
“NASDA is confident that the safety of farmers and farm workers will not be compromised by any of these changes,” NASDA CEO Dr. Barb Glenn says in the comments. The proposed revisions will also clarify AEZ requirements and changes, creating more consistency for pesticide operators.
Noting that NASDA represents the lead state agencies for implementing agricultural regulations, Glenn encouraged the EPA to work closely with NASDA members on incorporating the AEZ revisions.
As Glenn stated after EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s announcement of the new provisions in October 2019, NASDA members hold highly the responsibility of protecting our nation’s agricultural workforce and the viability of our farms and ranches.
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.