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>> Agricultural giant Monsanto said it's offering cash back to US farmers who use a weed killer linked to widespread crop damage to millions of acres of farmland. This year, farmers complained that Xtendimax, a herbicide that contains a newer formulation of the chemical dicamba, was drifting into neighboring fields and laying waste to beans, fruit, and vegetable gardens that were unable to resist it.
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Monsanto's cash back incentive comes as several states are considering restrictions on the use of the volatile herbicide. And federal regulators requiring training for farmers who plan to spray the dicamba-based products In 2018 and limiting when it can be used. Monsanto has aggressively defended Xtendimax saying the product is safe when properly applied.
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The weed killer costs farmers $11 an acre to buy. The company said it would offer $6 cash back. Still, North Dakota, Missouri and Arkansas where crop damage has been especially bad, plan to curb the use of dicamba herbicides by 2018