JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri- Today Governor Greitens signed HB 662 into law today, the statute penalizes of up to $10,000 in the case applied herbicide comes into contact with another person’s property and causes damage.
According to the governor’s office, if the person is deemed a chronic violator, the Department of Agriculture can assess a civil penalty of up to $25,000 for each violation.
“We’re fighting for our farmers and ranchers to protect our state’s #1 industry.
Farming is a tough business, and the strong people who feed Missouri families need to be supported. In Southeast Missouri, crops were ruined, farms were destroyed, and families were hurt by the illegal use of herbicides. That has to stop.
So, today in Portageville we signed a bill that places strict penalties on anyone who puts their neighbors’ farms at risk with this practice.
You sent us to Jeff City to fight for you, and that’s exactly what this is about. When a few bad actors can ruin the farms and lives of those around them, that’s bad for our state. We’re looking out for families in rural Missouri everyday, and watching your back. Thanks for your hard work to make Missouri farms great!” the governor said.