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Monsanto pleads guilty to pesticide-related crimes in Hawaii

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FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2014 file photo, Monsanto crew members Gerard Manuel, left, and Rommel Angale, right, count corn sprouts in a field of test hybrids in a breeding nursery near Kihei, Hawaii. Monsanto says in court papers, filed Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, that it has agreed to plead guilty to illegally using and storing pesticides in Hawaii and will pay $12 million in fines. In the court filing, the company agreed to plead guilty to 30 environmental crimes after allowing workers to go on corn fields on Oahu after a glufosinate ammonium-based pesticide named Forfeit 280 was sprayed on the fields last year. (Matthew Thayer/The Maui News via AP, File)

HONOLULU (AP) — The Monsanto Company pleaded guilty Thursday to illegally using and storing agricultural chemicals in Hawaii, and will pay $12 million in fines.

Monsanto, now owned by German pharmaceutical company Bayer, agreed to plead guilty to the charges in December. U.S. District Court judge Michael Seabright in Hawaii accepted the terms Thursday.