Arkansas governor gives initial OK to herbicide ban
June 30, 2017
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' governor has given initial approval to a temporary ban on the sale and use of an herbicide that's prompted hundreds of complaints from farmers and a federal lawsuit claiming it's caused widespread damage.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday forwarded to a legislative committee for review the 120-day ban on dicamba that was approved last week by the state Plant Board.
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 state plan...