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Listen In, Lubbock: Local Grape Growers Take On Big Ag

Jayme Lozano / Texas Tech Public Media

The Texas high plains are characterized by drier weather and the ideal elevation for grape growing, but the land is farmed for a variety of crops. Recently, it’s become somewhat of a battle, as some crops thrive and others die. The culprit is speculated to be a certain type of weedkiller, known to vaporize in the Texas heat and drift for miles, landing on vulnerable, non-resistant plants and damaging them. The herbicide drift is compromising a large chunk of Texas’ wine grape growing and has resulted in a multi-million dollar lawsuit against two large agriculture companies.


Blair Sabol, KCBD reporter

Rob Avila, Texas Tech Public Media reporter

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‘This is a horror story’; Concerns from local farmers over chemical drift prompts $560 million lawsuit, from Blair Sabol

Grape growers in Texas region sue over herbicide damage, from the AP

West Texas Vineyards Blasted By Herbicide Drift From Nearby Cotton Fields, from Merrit Kennedy/NPR

Lawsuit filed against Bayer-Monsanto and BASF

Texas High Plains Graper Growers vs. Bayer-Monsanto, BASF, In-depth FAQ

Special Report: The decisions behind Monsanto's weed-killer crisis, from Reuters 

Initial legal explanations of dicamba pesticide cases by Brigit Rollins, staff attorney for the National Agricultural Law Center at The University of Arkansas 

AP’s Emily Flitter’s reporting & Timeline on Monsanto’s Dicamba crisis 

State of dicamba in U.S. and Missouri 

Initial Bader Farms case court decision

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