Missouri Legislature passes regulations for herbicide use

Missouri Legislature passes regulations for herbicide use

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri House has passed a bill increasing a fine for illegally using herbicides that damage other farmers' crops.

The legislation passed with a 139-18 vote. It allows the Department of Agriculture to fine any person who damages another farmer's crops, land, or property by using an herbicide not marked for the used purpose.

The farmers can be fined up to $10,000 for each instance of damage and $25,000 for repeat offenders.

Supporters of the bill say it will prevent the illegal spraying of herbicides in Southeast Missouri that damaged crops in 2015 and 2016. Several Missouri farm groups including the Missouri Farm Bureau and the Missouri Agribusiness Association supported the bill.

The legislation now moves to the governor's desk. If it's signed, it'll go into effect immediately.

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