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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.

Arkansas Plant Board sets Engenia-vote redo

posted: 06/23/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

As complaints about crop damage continue to mount, the state Plant Board will meet today to decide how, or whether, to correct a mistake made Tuesday during a vote on an emergency proposal to ban the sale and use of Engenia, a dicamba herbicide.

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.

State jobless rate falls to 3.4% in May

posted: 06/17/2017 2 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas' unemployment rate in May dipped to 3.4 percent, nearly a full percentage point better than the U.S. average and setting a record low for the fifth-straight month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday.

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.

New suit filed by Arkansas farmers targets two herbicide makers

posted: 06/16/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Farmers in Craighead and Monroe counties who have reported herbicide damage to their crops have filed a lawsuit in U.S. federal court against agri-business giants Monsanto and BASF.

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.

Dicamba steals in, ruins UA bean field

posted: 06/13/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

Some 100 acres of soybeans at the state-funded agriculture experiment station at Keiser in Mississippi County have been ruined by the herbicide dicamba.

Stuttgart fish lab faces elimination in Trump budget

posted: 06/10/2017 2:09 a.m. Comments 2

The federal aquaculture research center in Stuttgart would be closed under President Donald Trump's proposed budget for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Crops newly hurt by dicamba

posted: 06/09/2017 2:03 a.m. Discuss

Farmers' soybeans and cotton are again being damaged by off-target movement of dicamba, the state Plant Board was told Thursday.

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