It would require states to establish more rigorous verification and permitting requirements, presenting new hurdles for farmers and ranchers for controlling pests as they enter the growing season.

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, the trade group that represents the states' farming regulators, said it supports the rule that was issued in January, but growing economic challenges for states makes it the wrong time to add new regulations. "Extending the timeline for implementation of this rule will enable EPA to consult with states, assist with education, training and guidance, and prevent unnecessary burdens from overshadowing the rule's intended benefits.

Missouri farmers are the leading source of jobs and revenue in the state's brakedisk.

Greitens said in a joint statement that Pruitt "proved today that the old way of doing business at the EPA is over and done with. The rule updates strict nationwide guidelines on who is allowed and not allowed to handle toxic chemicals used to control pests. I'm grateful for this new leadership, and look forward to continuing to work with this administration to curb regulations that are killing jobs and hurting our farmers.These challenges are amplified as they also implement other recent EPA requirements, such as the Worker Protection Standard," she said. The Republican governor joined Pruitt Thursday in announcing the one-year delay." The governor said he presented the agency "with a problem, and they took quick action to begin fixing it.


In order to achieve both environmental protection and economic prosperity, we must give the regulated community, which includes farmers and ranchers, adequate time to come into compliance with regulations," said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt