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FISCAL YEAR: 2020
1. PRINCIPAL DEFENDANT: Bobby David Lowrey
E.D.  Missouri  1:18-CR-00165
2. DEFENDANT: Lowrey & Lowrey Inc.
E.D.  Missouri  1:18-CR-00165

Bobby Lowrey owned and operated Lowrey Farms. In 2016, under Lowrey’s management, the farm engaged in the cultivation of cotton and soybean crops on approximately 6,700 acres covering numerous fields and plots. Scientists genetically modified these crops to resist the pesticide dicamba, a weed killer. Officials did not approve STRUT, a dicamba-based pesticide product, for post-planting application to cotton crops, and limited its use on soybean crops.

On multiple occasions in 2016, under Lowrey’s direction, employees applied dicamba-based pesticides to cotton post-planting and to non-mature soybean crops prior to the approved preharvest application interval. Multiple nearby farmers reported crop damage consistent with drift from dicamba-based pesticides applied on Lowrey Farms. In response to numerous complaints, Missouri Department of Agriculture representatives requested to meet with Bobby Lowrey and asked Lowrey Farms to provide current spray application records for cotton and soybean crops.

During the investigation, Lowrey made numerous false statements and provided fraudulent documentation certifying that employees only applied dicamba-based products during burndown applications.



January 2, 2020

Bobby D. Lowrey and Lowrey & Lowrey d/b/a Lowrey Farms was sentenced. The company will pay a $200,000 fine. Bobby Lowrey will complete 60 days’ probation, with a special condition of 60 days’ home confinement.

The defendants both pleaded guilty to violating the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act for misapplying the pesticide dicamba. Lowrey Farms also pleaded guilty to making a false statement.

CITATION: 18 U.S.C. 1001, 7 U.S.C. 136j(a)(2)(G), 7 U.S.C. 136l(b)(2)
STATUTE:
  • Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)
  • Title 18 U.S. Criminal Code (TITLE 18)

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