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Missouri Legislature Passes Bill Upping Fines for Illegal Herbicide Application

Missouri lawmakers passed a bill Thursday boosting fines for those who illegally spray herbicides on crops. The bill authorizes the Missouri Department of Agriculture to levy fines of up to $10,000 per violation if herbicides are not used according to label directions.

If a person is a chronic violator, the fine is $25,000 per violation. In addition, if a farmer fails to produce subpoenaed records pertaining to a complaint investigation, the farmer can be fined up to $5,000.

The bill was introduced by New Madrid Representative Don Rone following damage to susceptible crops from drifting dicamba that had been illegally sprayed in Missouri's Bootheel.

Fines are to be given to the school district in which the violation occurred. Lawmakers also approved an emergency clause, so the law is in effect as soon as the governor signs it.

Source: AgriMarketing