Missouri temporarily halts sale, use of dicamba due to drift complaints

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The Missouri Department of Agriculture halted the sale or use of any products containing the Monsanto-made herbicide Dicamba….

In a news release, the department said that all products that contain Dicamba and are labeled for agricultural use won’t be sold. The use of the product could bring penalties, the state said.

The agency said that it had received more than 130 “pesticide drift complaints” this year from people who did not put the herbicide on their crops. Already, farmers in 10 states — Missouri and neighboring Arkansas included — have sued Monsanto for seed damage that they attribute to the pesticide.

St. Louis-based Monsanto said in a statement that it’s concerned about potential crop injury and is complying with the state’s order. It also said it “spent years” developing the technology to “minimize the potential for off-site movement.”

“We want to stress how important it is that growers and applicators who use our product follow the label requirements and any local requirements,” the statement said.

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