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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.

Dicamba cutbacks sent back to state board

posted: 12/13/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

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

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

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.

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

updated: 12/11/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

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.

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

posted: 12/07/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

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.

REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS: West Little Rock shopping center sold for $4M to group including attorney

updated: 12/04/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

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

posted: 12/01/2017 1:44 a.m. Comment 1

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.

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.

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

updated: 11/27/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

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

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.






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