Missouri faces shortage of inspectors to examine herbicide damage complaints

The Missouri Department of Agriculture faces a shortage of inspectors to investigate reports of crop damage stemming from the herbicide dicamba. That comes as the state contends with more reports of damage from the herbicide than it did at this point last year.

Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican and a farmer himself, acknowledged the situation last week and said he would “take a look” at the state’s need for inspectors.

The agriculture department has seven investigators working pesticide complaints. To date, there have been about 173 complaints — mostly stemming from the use of dicamba, and mostly originating in southeast Missouri.

The department’s current budget is about $39.5 million. An interim legislative committee was formed in April to examine funding levels for the department. The panel is scheduled to meet July 30.

Read more: Missourinet

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