Arkansas Passes in-Season Dicamba Ban Following Public Hearing

Today the Arkansas State Plant Board voted 10-3 to pass an April 16 to Oct. 31 in-season dicamba ban for soybeans and cotton. The decision came after five hours of hearing public comments and deliberation by the board.

“I think we made the best decision for Arkansas farmers in 2018,” says Terry Fuller, member of the Arkansas State Plant Board. “If we have a successful year in 2018 hopefully we can tweak this for 2019 in a way that will allow for more application.”

The ban, and fine increase to $25,000, comes after nearly 1,000 official complaints regarding alleged dicamba damage in the state. The State Plant board received more than 30,000 comments on the matter over the 30-day public comment period and 37 in-person comments.

University representatives, scientists, farmers and others all spoke—both in favor of and opposed to the ban. Those in favor of the ban discussed effects on not only row crops, but gardens, trees and bee keeping as well.

Monsanto representatives urged members of the board to consider information from BASF that stated on 52% of the soybean acres in the state with Xtend technology purchased the Engenia product. The company questioned whether or not that meant generic products were used.

The approved rules will now move to the Arkansas Executive Subcommittee and later be signed by the governor to officially put it into law. On Tuesday, Dec. 12, the Plant Board will host another public hearing and meeting to consider changes to the Arkansas Pesticide Control Act Regulation.

“The proposed regulations would clarify the plant board’s ability to request additional information about a pesticide before it is registered for use in the state of Arkansas,” according to the State Plant Board.

 Watch for more updates as the story unfolds.



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Submitted by Bug Man on Thu, 11/09/2017 - 12:36

I'll be glad when I can retire in a couple of years. We finally get some technology that actually works and the few overturn the majority again. Good luck with cleaning up those amaranth ssp now Arkansas. You think you are sticking it to the major chemical companies? Hardly, you will have spray three times as much herbicide now.

Submitted by Mark V on Thu, 11/09/2017 - 15:33

This is awesome and just what is needed. More states need to follow suit. This is needed to make the manufacturers "fix" the dicamba containing products. As it stands, Illinois is going to have the same mess in '18 that we had in '17. Making a product "restricted use" and requiring more training will do NOTHING to keep these products from volatilizing. Low volatility does not mean NO volatility. Universities have proven this stuff gets up and moves. Insurance companies have determined this is a product liability issue and not a farmer liability issue and have therefore denied paying any claims. I am not against the technology. I am against being told what I have to plant because others can't keep their spray on their own fields. Last I checked we still lived in the United States. A Constitutional Republic. The freest country on earth.

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