German chemicals giant Bayer announced Monday its intention to \u0022swiftly appeal\u0022 a U.S. jury\u0026#039;s decision to award a Missouri peach farmer over $265 million in compensation for years of crop losses as a result of drifting dicamba weedkiller.The legal challenge was the first dicamba suit to go to trial and was brought forth by Bill and Denise Bader, owners of Bader farms. Dicamba is produced by Monsanto, which Bayer acquired in 2018.Mr. Bader\u0026#039;s suit challenged (pdf) Monsanto\u0026#039;s \u0022willful and negligent release of a defective crop system—namely its genetically modified Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans and Bollgard II Xtend cotton seeds (\u0022Xtend crops\u0022)—without an accompanying, EPA-approved dicamba herbicide.\u0022\u0026nbsp;\u0022Monsanto sold the seeds before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the herbicides for market,\u0022 said the complaint.The Baders, who did not use dicamba, said they lost over 30,000 trees due to Monsanto\u0026#039;s actions, as journlist Carey Gillam wrote earlier this month:Bader claims Monsanto sold GMO dicamba-tolerant soybean and cotton seeds despite knowing the actions would trigger chemical damage to farm fields that were not planted with the new seeds. The intent, the Bader Farms\u0026#039; lawsuit alleges, was to induce farmers to buy the specialty seeds as a means to prevent crop damage from herbicide drift coming from neighboring farmers who were planting the GMO crops and spraying them with dicamba.Testing showed that leaves of his dying peach trees carried traces of dicamba. The 5,000-acre family farm, which produced 5 million to 6 million pounds of peaches annually along with corn, soybeans, various berries, apples, and tomatoes, is now struggling to survive, according to Bader.\u0026nbsp;The jury sided with Bader Farms on Friday and awarded them $15 million in damages, as St. Louis Public Radio reported:Monsanto and BASF were found liable for negligent design of the products and negligent failure to warn regarding the products.\u0026nbsp; The jury also found that the two companies created a joint venture to manufacture and sell dicamba-resistant seed and low-volatility herbicides, and that they conspired to create an \u0022ecological disaster\u0022 to increase profits.The jury followed up\u0026nbsp;Saturday with a determination that Monsanto and BASF pay $250 million in punitive damages.The National Family Farm Coalition wondered if the verdict represented the \u0022start of dicamba demise.\u0022In a Saturday tweet, the group called the decision a \u0022victory for farmers which courts will hopefully uphold. Bayer bought #Monsanto with knowledge of these issues and should pay for #dicamba damage.\u0022\u0026nbsp;Pesticide Action Network welcomed the development as well.\u0022This verdict is just the tip of the iceberg — there is a long queue of farmers who have been impacted by dicamba drift and deserve their day in court,\u0022 said Linda Wells, Pesticide Action Network organizing director. \u0022The internal Monsanto (now Bayer) documents uncovered in this case show that the company released a highly destructive and intentionally untested product onto the market, and used its influence to cheat the regulatory system.\u0022\u0022While farmers who don\u0026#039;t use the Xtend system are hit with crop damage and yield loss from dicamba drift, Bayer and BASF are reaping the financial gains of an increase in acreage planted to dicamba resistant soybeans, and an increase in use of dicamba formulations,\u0022 Wells continued. \u0022Bader Farms\u0026#039; victory in this case signals a turning tide, and opens opportunities for farmers to hold Bayer and BASF legally accountable for the dicamba drift crisis more broadly.\u0022As Bloomberg noted Monday, Bayer\u0026#039;s legal woes continue \u0022in the face of a hurricane of lawsuits claiming that best-selling weed killer Roundup causes cancer,\u0022 over 140 cases related to dicamba, upcoming suits related to safety risks of its Essure birth control device, and challenges over PCB-contaminated waterways.