Greitens signs dicamba legislation with increased penalties

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has signed a law to increase fines for illegal use of herbicides that damage other farmers’ crops.

Greitens signed the bill Thursday, before a ceremonial signing during a Friday visit to southeast Missouri, an area that’s been hit by crop damage after the herbicide dicamba was sprayed on crops in an unauthorized manner. The herbicide drifted to neighboring fields and harmed nonresistant crops in 2015 and 2016.

The new law allows the Department of Agriculture to fine anyone who damages another farmer’s crops, land or property with an improperly used herbicide.

The agency can fine farmers up to $10,000 for each instance of damage and $25,000 for repeat offenses.

The legislation takes effect immediately.

Read more: Columbia Missourian, Missourinet

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