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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.
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.
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