Missouri farmer first to face federal charges over dicamba

A cotton and soybean farmer from New Madrid County is the first person in the U.S. to face federal charges over alleged misuse of the weedkiller dicamba.

Bobby David Lowrey is accused of violating Environmental Protection Agency guidelines for dicamba use on his cotton and soybean crops, and causing significant damage to neighboring crops.

Lowrey is also accused of providing false information and making false statements about his dicamba use during a 2016 investigation by state agriculture officials.

Dicamba has been used for decades, and some farmers credit it for record yields. But the weedkiller has come under scrutiny in recent years, as dicamba drift has been blamed for damaging millions of acres of non-resistant crops.

Lowery faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 if found guilty.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis Public Radio

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