Arkansas panel approves temporary ban on herbicide
June 23, 2017
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas took the first steps Friday toward temporarily banning 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.
The Arkansas State Plant Board approved the 120-day restriction on dicamba on a 9-5 vote. Dicamba is a relatively inexpensive weed killer but can drift and damage nearby row crops, such as soybeans and cotton in addition to fruit and vegetable farms and ornamental trees. The restriction must also be approved by the governor and a legislative pan...