Arbyrd, Senath dicamba applicators charged with civil penalties
In 2016, Department staff conducted and completed 121 complainant investigations. Those complainants named approximately 60 applicators, who were investigated as a result of complaints. In addition, the Department investigated nearly 100 non-Dicamba related incidents.
To date, the following civil penalties have been issued:
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All civil penalties collected will be remitted to the school district where the violation occurred.
Federal partners continue their investigations of six applicators who have allegedly used Dicamba off label during the 2016 growing season, thereby impacting the Department’s investigative process. Once the federal partners have completed their investigations, the Department intends to finalize enforcement action against the applicators. Those six applicators were named by 83 (of the 121) complainants.
The goal of Plant Industries Division’s Pesticide Program is to prevent unreasonable adverse effects of pesticide use on non-target crops and the environment while helping assure the availability of pesticides needed to produce and protect crops. This is accomplished by licensing pesticide applicators and dealers, registering pesticides and performing inspections and investigations in the enforcement of the Missouri Pesticide Use Act and the Missouri Pesticide Registration Act.
More detailed information about this issue, Dicamba and the department’s role in investigations is available at Agriculture.Mo.Gov/dicamba.