Solutions for Tennessee Farmers

Solution One

  • Tennessee on Thursday imposed restrictions on the use of Dicamba, a flagship pesticide for Monsanto Co, becoming the fourth state to take action as problems spread over damage the weed killer causes to crops  not genetically modified to withstand it. Dicamba is sprayed by farmers on crops genetically  modified to resist it but it has drifted, damaging vulnerable soybeans, cotton and other crops across the southern United States. Farmers have fought with neighbors over lost crops and brought lawsuits against  Dicamba producers. Arkansas banned its use last week and Missouri, which initially halted Dicamba spraying, has joined  Tennessee with tight restrictions on when and in what weather spraying  can be done. Kansas is investigating complaints. “We’ve had damage across just about every acre of  soybeans we farm in southeast Missouri,”said Hunter Raffety, a farmer in Wyatt, Missouri. “In our small town, the azaleas, the ornamentals, people have lost their vegetable gardens. It’s a big problem.”He suspects between 3,000 and 4,000 acres of soybeans on the 6,000 acres  he and his family farm have sustained damage, evidenced by the leaves of plants constricting into cup-like shapes. Monsanto, which said it has spent years working to make Dicamba stickier and limit drift when it is sprayed, is campaigning to overturn the bans. It blames early-adoption headaches similar to wind drift and cross-contaminated farm equipment problems the company faced when it launched its popular  Roundup Ready glyphosate-resistant crops two decades ago.   

Solution Two

  • We on the State level have to support our farmers against the use of pesticides from large Chemical Companies like Monsanto that sell them products that damage their crops and the surrounding environment and help them collect monetary damages.

Solution Three

  • We must do more study on the promise that "vertical farming" offers. We need to be willing to support an experimental vertical farm for Nashville and test robotics to resolve the problem of pollination. 

Solution Four

  • We need to encourage farmers to use "big data" and analytics to and furnish training in on using and understand the stupendous benefits of these technologies.