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8/9/2017 5:32:00 AM
Rep. Hamilton urges farmers to take dicamba survey

Following news that the state Department of Agriculture is gathering information on plant damage that may have been caused by the herbicide dicamba, Rep. Rod Hamilton of Mt. Lake is urging farmers to participate in a survey being conducted by the agency.

"I've heard from a number of area farmers already regarding what they believe to be dicamba damage," Hamilton said. "It's time for everyone to make their voices heard."

According to the ag department, dicamba is a herbicide used to control broadleaf weeds in corn and a variety of other food and feed crops, as well as in residential areas. In 2016, the United States Environmental Protection Agency conditionally approved the use of certain new dicamba products on dicamba tolerant soybeans.

Dicamba is a highly volatile chemical that can drift and volatilize.

For more on this story, see the Aug. 9 Cottonwood County Citizen and Citizen eEdition.


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