I have 1&1/2 acres, moved here 4 years ago, and this year is the first time Iâve had what I thought was a decent garden. Iâm surrounded on the south by a driveway and then corn, on the east by the road and then soybeans, and west and north are pasture. I realized when I bought the place that the guy who owns and farms it was a âchemical farmerâ, as most of them are around here, but I assumed that most âfarmersâ were responsible and cautious with poisons, the pasture would protect me on the north & west, and I planted quick growing trees to the south as a buffer. Then I discovered that he sprays a âchemical cocktailâ of 2,4,D and something else ON THE PASTURE â while his steers are in it and his kids are along. (Canât have any thistles, you know.) I found that out the first year, and talked to him about it, but of course he just ignored me, even though leaves of trees and vines were wilting on the north side of my house. The second year, I stopped him when he went by and told him Iâd PAY him to mow the pasture instead of spray, and he just laughed at me. This year I planted a fairly big garden on the south side of the property, as that is the ONLY place that gets full sun (I have a lot of big, old trees, which I love). I was really looking forward to canning tomatoes and beans, eating fresh broccoli and cabbage, etc. But about 3 weeks ago, I went out to check the elderberries along the south property line and discovered that the damn fool âfarmerâ had sprayed chemical poison ALL ALONG THE PROPERTY LINE. He sprayed high and low because the box elder trees along the property line had brown, dying leaves on his side, the elderberries were brown and dying, and I had one small tree dead, one dying, and a huge sunflower wilting and dying ON MY PROPERTY. My garden is only 20 feet from the property line. None of what he sprayed was threatening his corn, and there were NO thistles, burdock, etc. there. I was so horrified that I cried. I angrily wrote a letter to him, but had sense enough to read it to my daughter first, and she suggested easing up a little, so I did, but sent the letter promptly, and have had NO response. No apology, no explanation, nothing. I consider that extremely careless, irresponsible and un-neighborly, so this week I called the USDA and they sent me a complaint form to fill out. I did, and mailed it yesterday. Iâm sure the USDA wonât do anything, but I just want him to spray responsibly, check the wind, and I asked him, in the letter, for 24 hours notice before he sprays so that I can cover my 5 hives of bees and my plants. I would never ask for âdamagesâ, because trees can be replaced, but what angers and saddens me is Iâve âlostâ a year of my life. I was so looking forward to eating healthily from my garden, but Iâm afraid to touch the vegetables now. And Iâm 66. Do any of us know how much longer we have? A whole year is wasted, and it makes me furious. Have any of you had to deal with this, and what did you do to resolve it?