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Dicamba is a powerful herbicide intended for use on next-generation biotech crops created by agribusiness giant Monsanto. The herbicide has come under scrutiny for its highly volatile nature, as well as its propensity to drift and harm crops in other fields not resistant to the weed killer, thereby reducing farmers’ yields. Thousands of farmers across the country have suffered financial losses due to dicamba, and they have the right to seek justice.
If you are a farmer or agricultural business whose crops and profits were affected by dicamba, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your losses by holding the herbicide’s manufacturers accountable, including Monsanto, BASF, and Dupont. Our legal team at Crumley Roberts is actively reviewing cases from farmers across the country to determine if they have potential dicamba lawsuits.
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What is Dicamba?
Dicamba is a powerful herbicide developed to kill “superweeds” that have become resistant to glyphosate, the primary chemical used in Roundup and other herbicides of choice by farmers nationwide. Although dicamba has been used for years by some professional landscape engineers and home gardeners, typically as a component in other herbicides, it was reintroduced by Monsanto for its Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans, Bollgard II XtendFlex Cotton, and Bollgard 3 XtendFlex Cotton.
While Monsanto developed dicamba-resistant GMO strains of soybeans and cotton, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has voiced concerns over the agribusiness’ proposed uses for dicamba, which is notorious for its toxicity, volatility, and potential for affecting other crops. Due to its risks for drifting and off-site movement that can cause harm to crops and farmers, the EPA delayed approval of new dicamba formulations for years.
Recently, however, it approved three new formulations of the herbicide for the 2017 growing season that were supposedly less harmful than prior versions:
- XtendiMax (manufactured by Monsanto)
- Engenia (manufactured by BASF)
- Fexapan (manufactured by Dupont)
Because these dicamba formulations entered the market without being independently tested, and because numerous farmers were misled into believing they were safer than other versions, millions of acres of crops have been damaged. The conduct of Monsanto and other manufacturers amounted to a real-life experiment – one which unfortunately came at the expense of farmers whose livelihoods depend on their crops.
Complaints and Lawsuits Increase Nationwide
Following widespread damage caused by dicamba drifting, a record number of complaints have been made by farmers in numerous states. This includes Arkansas and Missouri, where hundreds of complaints led to state-wide bans on the use of dicamba. Several other states have also implemented restrictions on using the herbicide.
In total, estimates report that over 3 million acres of soybeans have been destroyed by dicamba, as well as valuable crops such as tobacco, tomatoes, fruits, rice, cotton, and standing timber and ornamentals. The damage is expected to rise. Modern Farmer suggests that farmers impacted by dicamba may lose as much as 30% of their annual crop yield.
In order to hold Monsanto and other manufacturers accountable for their conduct, farmers have begun filing lawsuits that seek compensation for damages to their crops and the financial harm they suffered. These lawsuits allege that manufacturers sold dicamba crop systems despite knowing it would damage crops and trees that were not tolerant to the herbicide.
Helping Farmers Seek Justice
If you are a commercial farmer who has suffered losses due to crops damaged by dicamba – including herbicides marketed under the brand names XtendiMax, Engenia, and Fexapan – you may have a potential case against the manufacturers. Our lawyers at Crumley Roberts are available to help you learn more about your rights and how we can guide you through the legal journey ahead. Our firm is passionate about protecting the rights of the wronged and, because we treat our clients like family, we are committed to fighting aggressively for the compensation they deserve.