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Current Legal Rules Benefit Spray Applicators When It Comes to Pesticide Drift

Paul Goeringer

Photo by Edwin Remsberg

Homeowners, landowners, pesticide applicators, and farmers are concerned about pesticide drift. It may injure a homeowner’s garden or flowers or ruin a neighboring farmer’s crop. While no Maryland court has considered the issue of liability from pesticide drift, courts in other states have. These decisions provide some guidance on how a Maryland court might handle the issue. Depending on the facts of the drift case, pesticide applicators and farmers could owe damages for nuisance or trespass case, or for uses inconsistent with the pesticide label.

Read Current Legal Rules Benefit Spray Applicators When It Comes to Pesticide Drift by Paul Goeringer, FS-1050.

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