120-day emergency rule on herbicide needs governor’s OK
The state Plant Board voted 9-5 Friday to stop the sales and use of dicamba, a herbicide suspected of damaging thousands of acres of soybeans, vegetables, fruits and trees this growing season.
As complaints about crop damage continue to mount, the state Plant Board will meet today to decide how, or whether, to correct a mistake made Tuesday during a vote on an emergency proposal to ban the sale and use of Engenia, a dicamba herbicide.
The state Plant Board on Tuesday afternoon rejected -- for now -- a proposed ban on the sale and use of the dicamba herbicide this growing season but instead passed further restrictions on its use.
Arkansas' unemployment rate in May dipped to 3.4 percent, nearly a full percentage point better than the U.S. average and setting a record low for the fifth-straight month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday.
A subcommittee of the state Plant Board on Friday recommended an emergency ban on the sale and use of all dicamba herbicides on crops for the rest of the season.
Farmers in Craighead and Monroe counties who have reported herbicide damage to their crops have filed a lawsuit in U.S. federal court against agri-business giants Monsanto and BASF.
Complaints from 12 Delta counties
The number of complaints filed with the state Plant Board about possible misuse of the dicamba herbicide increased to at least 56 on Wednesday.
41 complaints about herbicide in ’17
Some 100 acres of soybeans at the state-funded agriculture experiment station at Keiser in Mississippi County have been ruined by the herbicide dicamba.
The federal aquaculture research center in Stuttgart would be closed under President Donald Trump's proposed budget for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Complaints filed about herbicide
Farmers' soybeans and cotton are again being damaged by off-target movement of dicamba, the state Plant Board was told Thursday.