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Federal court hears arguments on dicamba registration

As U.S. soybean and cotton farmers work to get their 2020 crops planted, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case that has the potential to disallow the spraying of dicamba this growing season.
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EPA faces court over backing of Monsanto's controversial crop system

The ninth circuit court of appeals is being asked to overturn the EPA's approval of a Monsanto herbicide that is allegedly a threat to farm crops across the US.

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Lawsuit: In dicamba decision, EPA ignored own prerequisite, agency scientists’ recommendations

The EPA's failure to meet its own benchmark was unlawful and a decision to approve Monsanto's dicamba-based herbicide should be vacated, a federal lawsuit alleges.

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EPA sidesteps normal public process to approve BASF’s cancer-linked pesticide

This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that soybean farmers in 25 states are now able to spray a pesticide that the agency has determined is likely to cause cancer and drift hundreds of feet from where it is applied.
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Bayer seeks to strike $265 million award in first dicamba-related trial

Bayer has filed post-trial motions in the Missouri Bader Farms case, asking for the $265 million verdict to be overturned in the first dicamba-related case to go to trial.

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In 2020, ag community has 'to prove to society' it can safely spray dicamba

This fall, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will decide whether the benefits of having the herbicide available to farmers for combatting weed resistance issues outweighs the harm to farmers and the environment.

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For dicamba lawsuits, Bader verdict is just the beginning

The $265 million verdict issued last week against German agribusiness giants Bayer and BASF is just the beginning of a new legal battle between the companies and thousands of farmers.
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Bayer finds new herbicide molecule amid more lawsuits

Bayer announced it found a new herbicide molecule, which is in Phase 2 of early development.

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Jury awards $265 million to Bader Farms in lawsuit against Bayer, BASF

The case was the first in an advancing wave of litigation from U.S. farmers who blame drift-prone dicamba herbicides for millions of acres of crop damage in recent years.

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Jury orders Monsanto, BASF to pay peach farmer $250 million in punitive damages

A federal jury determined that German agribusiness giants Bayer and BASF will have to pay $250 million in punitive damages to Bader Farms, the largest peach farm in Missouri, for damage caused by their dicamba-related products.

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Closing arguments in Dicamba trial set for Friday

Closing arguments are set for 9 a.m. Friday in the federal trial.

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BASF: Monsanto is a ‘fierce’ competitor, not a co-conspirator

"We didn't want to be exposed to Monsanto's losses," said Alyson Emanuel, a former vice president of global strategic marketing for herbicides.

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Monsanto’s defense: Fungal disease, not dicamba, to blame for peach farmer’s problems

On Monday, with the plaintiff wrapping up its case, lawyers representing Monsanto shifted the attention to everything but the herbicide.

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Dicamba on trial: Peach farm one witness away from resting its case against Bayer, BASF

In July 2016, Bill Bader, frustrated by the second straight year of alleged dicamba damage to his peach trees, got out his invoice book and hand wrote bills to his neighbors he suspected of illegally spraying the herbicide.

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Dicamba on trial: Weed scientist testifies

A weed scientist testified that widespread regional pollution makes it impossible to know where the pesticide drift that harmed peaches came from.

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