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Ill, wanted to leave, Arkansas senator says of stifled dicamba plan

Illness prompted state Sen. Bill Sample to make a motion Tuesday to reject proposed restrictions on a herbicide before farmers and others attending a committee hearing in Little Rock had a chance to testify, he said Wednesday.

Dicamba cutbacks sent back to state board

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A legislative subcommittee Tuesday refused to ratify a state Plant Board proposal to restrict farmers' use next year of dicamba, a herbicide linked to crop damage in Arkansas and two dozen other states.

Dicamba is issue today at Arkansas Capitol

Monsanto suing to prevent cutoff

Arkansas isn't the only state restricting the use of dicamba, but so far it is the only one facing the courtroom wrath of Monsanto, the St. Louis-based seed and chemical company.

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Farmers in Arkansas get $466M for '16 losses; low rice prices cited for size of payments

Arkansas farmers received $466 million in federal "safety net" payments this year for crop losses in 2016, third-most in the nation, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Business convention goes to pot; marijuana-tied entrepreneurs stop in Little Rock ahead of new law

Two tables of bongs, pipes and other marijuana paraphernalia drew a steady line of curious consumers Wednesday morning at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.

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West Little Rock shopping center sold for $4M to group including attorney

Just vacant lots 20 years ago but ripe for development, a 3.35-acre retail center in west Little Rock has been sold for $4 million to Varr West LLC, led by Charles Darwin "Skip" Davidson, a Little Rock attorney and cattleman.

PSC hearing delves into utilities' credits for solar electricity

A state representative said Thursday that his 2015 legislation to encourage development of renewable-energy sources in the state wasn't meant to allow a controversial plan now being sought by electric utilities.

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Year got rural, Arkansas governor tells bureau

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday that he never expected a herbicide would consume so much of his time and involve a "row-crop tour" this summer of northeast Arkansas fields where farmers reported damage from the dicamba herbicide.

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After $2M in upgrades, downtown Little Rock's renovated Frederica celebrates its 103-year history

A $2 million makeover has made Little Rock's second-oldest hotel bright and sleek for the years ahead, but its long and colorful history will be noted throughout the building.

Cotton herbicide gets nod from state Plant Board

A committee of the state Plant Board on Tuesday recommended that a new herbicide by Dow Agrosciences for use on cotton tolerant of 2,4-D be allowed in Arkansas next season.

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