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Missouri issues initial penalties for improper dicamba use

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Missouri officials announce fines for herbicide applicators who misused a well-known herbicide.

The fines stem from 2016 dicamba investigations conducted in Missouri’s southeast corner. All announced fines will go to eight applicators in Dunklin County. One applicator, cited for an alleged 149 violations, receives a $62,250 fine. In total, the fines are worth more than $145,000. Missouri says the fines are the “first wave of civil penalties.”

The National Association of Farm Broadcasting reports the Missouri Department of Agriculture completed 121 complaint-based dicamba investigations in 2016. Six complaint-based dicamba investigations are being further reviewed by federal investigators.

The Missouri Department of Agriculture will continue to investigate more than 300 dicamba complaints reported in 2017.

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