Listen In, Lubbock: Local Grape Growers Take On Big Ag
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
West Texas Vineyards Blasted By Herbicide Drift From Nearby Cotton Fields, from Merrit Kennedy/NPR
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