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Arkansas Plant Board approves dicamba ban

posted: 06/24/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

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.

Farmers awarded $218M in GMO suit

posted: 06/24/2017 1:51 a.m. Discuss

A Kansas federal jury awarded nearly $218 million on Friday to farmers who sued Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta over its introduction of a genetically engineered corn seed variety.

Arkansas panel approves temporary ban on sale, use of herbicide

posted: 06/23/2017 1:50 p.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — An Arkansas panel has voted to temporarily ban the sale and use of an herbicide that has prompted hundreds of complaints and a federal lawsuit from farmers who say it has caused widespread damage to crops.

Arkansas Plant Board OKs dicamba use with limits

posted: 06/21/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

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.

Military veterans find farming's a good fit

posted: 06/18/2017 2:13 a.m. Discuss

It all began with a veteran who didn't know how to raise chickens.

Plant Board panel urges swift use ban of all dicamba types

posted: 06/17/2017 1:58 a.m. Comment 1

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.

State's dicamba beefs hit 56 mark

posted: 06/15/2017 2:13 a.m. Discuss

The number of complaints filed with the state Plant Board about possible misuse of the dicamba herbicide increased to at least 56 on Wednesday.

GMO flop in mind, firm readies public for gene-edited food

posted: 06/14/2017 2:09 a.m. Discuss

Green stalks have only just begun to sprout in the test fields where biotech giant DuPont Pioneer is planting rows of a new genetically edited corn. But across the street, in the company's sprawling research campus, executives are already fretting about how to sell it to the world.

Business news in brief

updated: 06/14/2017 2:04 a.m. Discuss

State accepts complaints on herbicides

Peach-short summer looks like the pits for southerners

posted: 06/01/2017 2:03 a.m. Discuss

Peaches are such a part of Georgia's identity that schools, streets and health care plans are named after them.

Wilmot farmer's granddaughter adapts to field

posted: 05/28/2017 2:08 a.m. Discuss

Given a second and, likely, last chance at keeping her grandfather's farm in the family, Mary Blackmon took a leap of faith.

Rains' toll on Arkansas crops estimated at $175M

posted: 05/18/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Heavy rains in late April and floods in early May cost farmers $175 million, with rice farmers being hit the hardest, according to the latest estimates by the University of Arkansas System's Agriculture Division.

Farmers wait for flood damage effect on big crop inventory

posted: 05/10/2017 2:03 a.m. Discuss

With U.S. farmers bracing for a fourth year of declining incomes, grain production is poised for a drop. Just how much the smaller output will help to erode huge inventories is one of the main data points traders will be watching when the U.S. releases its monthly crop report today.

U.S., Brazil soybean exports climb

posted: 05/06/2017 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Soybean exports from the United States and Brazil, the world's largest growers, are the highest ever for this time of year, and demand is poised to eclipse earlier government forecasts for a record this season.

Monsanto earnings set record in quarter

posted: 04/06/2017 2:14 a.m. Discuss

Monsanto Co., the world's largest seed company, reported record fiscal second-quarter earnings amid signs that U.S. farmers are preparing to sow record acreage with soybeans this year.

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