JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn has issued a ban on all products that contain Dicamba in Missouri effective immediately.
According to a news release, the order makes all sale and use of the products illegal. This includes certified commercial applicators and private applicators.
This comes after more than 130 complaints have been filed related to Dicamba.
Included products include FeXapan herbicide plus VaporGrip Technology, EPA Registration Number 352-913, Engenia Herbicide, EPA Registration Number 7969-345; and XTENDIMAX with VaporGrip Technology, EPA Registration Number 524-617.
Other products that contain Dicamba are also included in the ban. Any sale or application can result in civil penalties.
“We want to protect farmers and their livelihoods. At the same time, my commitment to technology and innovation in agriculture is unwavering,” Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn said. “That’s why I am asking the makers of these approved post-emergent products, researchers and farmers to work with us to determine how we can allow applications to resume this growing season, under certain agreed upon conditions.”
Organizations have already voiced support for the temporary ban.
Missouri Soybean Association President, Matt McCrate commented, “We respect the regulatory process and stand alongside Missouri’s soybean farmers, industry and regulatory partners working to sustain and improve the available tools and technologies, as well as the resources and protections in place for all involved. Stewardship is a shared responsibility.”
Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst stated in a release, “Missouri Farm Bureau has been involved in these discussions since early this summer, and is fully supportive of the actions taken by Director Chinn and the Department. There is much to be learned about the use of this technology, and a temporary pause in the use of Dicamba will allow all parties to work toward a solution.”
KMZU’s Sara Miles spoke with Hurst about the ban.
Information about the issue can be found at Agriculture.Mo.Gov/dicamba.