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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.

The proposed ban on in-crop use of the herbicide from April 16 through Oct. 31 now goes back to the state Plant Board.

Monsanto has asked Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza for preliminary and permanent injunctions against the spraying ban on a herbicide that is central to the company's new Xtend system of dicamba-tolerant soybeans and cotton.

The April 16 cutoff date, Monsanto says in its lawsuit, is arbitrary, conflicts with federal law on commerce and isn't based on science.

The proposed ban got its start with the appointment of a special dicamba task force. The group met twice in August and, in a splintered vote, proposed a cutoff date. A Plant Board subcommittee Sept. 12 voted for a cutoff date, a recommendation backed by the full board Sept. 21. By law, the board then opened the proposal to public comment, from Oct. 1-30, and held a required public hearing and final vote Nov. 8.

Read Wednesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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  • mshult4310070448
    December 12, 2017 at 6:01 p.m.

    Sad to say this is a totally politically based decision and ignores science, not only from Arkansas, but from states across the potentially affected areas. Very sad day for agriculture and also for the legislative process in Arkansas.

  • dunk7474
    December 12, 2017 at 6:39 p.m.

    The state board should all have to eat dicamba and then fire them. Our governor should speak up for once.

  • jckIII
    December 12, 2017 at 7:33 p.m.

    Great news!

  • Jfish
    December 13, 2017 at 3:15 a.m.

    There are no small farmers left, now it is all big agri-business and with one goal, making money. Monsanto doesn't care about the potential harmful effects because they have spent big money developing Dicamba and now they want a huge return on their investment. Where is the Farm Bureau on this, aren't they supposed to be the voice of the farmers? It seems to me that a lot of farmers are against the use of Dicamba and many have proof of damage to their crops. Also, one farmer in NE Arkansas was allegedly killed in a dispute over the spraying of this chemical.