|Campbell, in Dunklin County|
Attorneys for Bader Farms of Campbell, Mo., argued that the pesticide companies sold the products even though they knew non-resistant crops could be damaged. Bayer and BASF attorneys argued that there is no evidence that either of their products damaged Bader Farms' peaches, and that the crop was actually damaged by a kind of root rot, Gullickson reports. Bader Farms is in the Bootheel, which leads Missouri in soybean production. Dicamba is most commonly used on soybeans.
The jury awarded Bader Farms $265 million: $15 million in compensation for the damaged crop, and $250 million in punitive damages, Gullickson reports. He did not mention that the verdict was first reported by Johnathan Hettinger of the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting.