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FAA restriction on crop-dusters may cost farmers money

September 26, 2001
By: Sara Lane
State Capital Bureau

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The FAA lifted its restriction on flying crop-dusters Tuesday, but the restriction might have cost a lot for some Missouri farmers. Sara Lane has the story from Jefferson City.

The temporary flying restriction on crop-dusters was a safety measure in response to the September eleventh terrorist attacks.

Kelly Smith, who is the Director of Marketing for the Missouri Farmers Union says the restrictions might have damaged Missouri cotton fields.

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Contents: Kelly Smith - Smith says although Missouri farming is not severely affected, there are some places in the state where crop dusting is necessary at this time of the year.

This time of year is not a crop-dusting season for most agricultural industries.

But even now, grounding the planes probably caused trouble for cotton farmers since ground applications are powerless against a number of insects.

In Jefferson City, this is Sara Lane for KMOX-news.