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Specialty farms say dicamba a threat

Shawn Peeble's 1,500 acres of certified-organic vegetables and Raymond Chung's edamame fields are threatened by the continued use of dicamba, both men said recently of the herbicide.

No dicamba in '18, Arkansas weed expert urges

MORRILTON -- A weed scientist said Thursday that he couldn't recommend that dicamba be allowed in the state next year after recent tests in at least four states show the herbicide's tendency to move off target and damage other crops and vegetation.

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2 landowners object to trail on levee's top

Lawsuit says Big River path intrusive, invites trespassers

ANTHONYVILLE -- A lawsuit in Crittenden County and maybe $200 worth of steel posts and wire have thrown a kink into the use of a trail for bicyclists and hikers topping 70 miles of levees along the Mississippi River between West Memphis and Marianna.

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Tests show dicamba's volatility

UA researchers say newest herbicides capable of drifting

The newest dicamba herbicides on the market -- approved by federal regulators less than a year ago -- are volatile, but less volatile than the older formulations that have always been illegal for in-crop use, according to recent tests by scientists with the University of Arkansas Agriculture Division.

Arkansas farmers sue firms after dicamba ban

Took losses on pricey seeds, they say

Arkansas farmers who bought and planted Monsanto's dicamba-tolerant seeds are suing Monsanto and BASF now that a dicamba-based herbicide has been taken off the market in the state.

Murphy Oil reports $17.5M loss in 2Q

Murphy Oil Corp. on Wednesday said it lost $17.5 million in its second quarter, compared with a profit of $2.9 million for the same quarter a year ago. Earnings per share dropped 10 cents for the quarter.

Murphy USA logs 2Q profit of $55.6M

Murphy USA Inc., based in El Dorado, on Wednesday reported net income of $55.6 million, or $1.51 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2017.

Cartwright to lead Extension Service

Rick Cartwright has been named director for the Cooperative Extension Service, part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. Cartwright's appointment is effective today.

Turner Grain founders charged in $1M hot-check case

The founders of bankrupt Turner Grain Merchandising in Brinkley face felony charges after being served warrants Thursday regarding nearly $1 million in hot checks issued during the final days of their company.

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North Little Rock backyard farmer thinks fig; 9 varieties on 7 acres not a living but not a hobby, he says

In a state that produces more rice than any other and is near the top in poultry production, Marvin Smith of North Little Rock has the Arkansas fig market cornered.

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