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2nd vote puts dicamba ruling on hold

posted: 12/16/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Lawmakers voted for the second time this week against moving ahead with a state Plant Board proposal to restrict the use of the herbicide dicamba on farmers' crops next year, essentially placing the decision on hold.

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

posted: 12/14/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 4

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.

State panel refuses to OK dicamba restrictions, kicks proposed ban back to Plant Board

posted: 12/12/2017 4:09 p.m. Comments 4

An Arkansas Legislative Council subcommittee Tuesday refused to approve the nation’s toughest restrictions on dicamba, a herbicide linked to crop damage here and in 23 other states.

Year got rural, Arkansas governor tells bureau

posted: 11/30/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

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.

Farming hobbyists adding to accidents

posted: 11/29/2017 2:01 a.m. Discuss

Phil Jacobs was just a teenager when his parents bought a scenic Kentucky farm with hayfields, forests, creeks, trails and a view of the Ohio River. Decades later, he still spent time there, maintaining the property as a second job and using its campsite for family getaways.

Arkansas farmer's turkeys free, but pricey

posted: 11/23/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Katie Short can't imagine small-scale farming without the Internet.

Cotton herbicide gets nod from state Plant Board

posted: 11/22/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

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.

Farmers sue board over dicamba curb

posted: 11/11/2017 1:41 a.m. Discuss

Six Arkansas farmers on Friday filed a lawsuit against the state Plant Board alleging that its membership structure is unconstitutional and that its recent decision to limit the spraying of a herbicide violated state law.

Arkansas Plant Board backs dicamba ban for '18

posted: 11/09/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Farmers will be prohibited from spraying dicamba across the top of crops during next year's growing season, the state Plant Board decided Wednesday.

Hearing in Little Rock to argue curb on dicamba

posted: 11/08/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas farmers will fill a Little Rock hotel's ballroom today when the state Plant Board considers how they can use dicamba on next year's soybeans.

Project lets consumers trace turkeys

posted: 10/26/2017 2:06 a.m. Discuss

- Turkey farmer Darrell Glaser buys his Thanksgiving bird at the local grocery store, just like most folks.

Rule's rejection riles farm advocates

posted: 10/19/2017 2:11 a.m. Discuss

The decision by President Donald Trump's administration to kill a rule designed to protect the rights of farmers who raise chickens, cows and hogs for the U.S.' largest meat processors has angered farmer advocates, including a Republican senator who said he has "violent opposition" to the move.

Harrison farm puts free-range pork on menus, local tables

posted: 10/01/2017 2:07 a.m. Discuss

The meatballs at Bentonville's Oven & Tap restaurant, the pork chops at The Hive at the 21c Museum Hotel and the thinly sliced deli ham at Onyx Coffee Lab have one thing in common, the pork originates from Sean and Carol Bansley's Berkshire Ridge Farm in the Ozark Mountains.

Arkansas panel OKs cutoff date for herbicide's use next year

posted: 09/21/2017 5:54 p.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas regulators approved a cutoff date for the use next year of an herbicide that has prompted scores of complaints in several states from farmers who say the weed killer has drifted onto their crops and caused damage.

Stars line up against Florida oranges

posted: 09/21/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

Hurricane Irma plundered Florida's orange belt, leaving a trail of uprooted trees, downed fruit and flooded groves worse than anything growers say they have seen in more than 20 years.

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