Missouri lawmakers to hold hearing on illegal herbicide

2 years 10 months 1 day ago Wednesday, August 24 2016 Aug 24, 2016 Wednesday, August 24, 2016 3:51:57 PM CDT August 24, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — State lawmakers said they'll hold a hearing to talk about damage caused from the illegal spraying of the dicamba herbicide on crops in southeastern Missouri.

Republican state Rep. Don Rone requested that the House Select Committee on Agriculture hold the meeting, citing a recent report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that there've been more than 100 complaints filed with the Department of Agriculture about pesticide drift.

A news release said some farmers planted a soybean variety resistant to dicamba, and a new herbicide meant to be applied to that variety hasn't been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The news release said farmers have been using older illegal dicamba products, which are drifting into neighboring fields and damaging crops.

Committee chairman Rep. Bill Reiboldt said the EPA should testify.

A date for the hearing hasn't been set.

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