Arkansas bans dicamba herbicide

Farmers may no longer use the herbicide dicamba.

Farmers may no longer use the herbicide dicamba following a decision Friday, July 7, 2017, by the Arkansas Legislative Council Executive Subcommittee to take no action on a ban implemented by the Arkansas State Plant Board and upheld by Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

The ALC could opt to review the ban and overturn it if 51% of its members decide to, State Senate President Jonathon Dismang told Talk Business & Politics.

Members who want to take that course of action have a 24-hour window that starts on Monday, meaning if nothing changes the ban starts at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday. The ban of the sale and use of a chemical during the middle of a growing season is unprecedented in state history.

Dismang said he doesn’t expect the ALC to act, and the 120-day ban will take effect. Read more from Talk Business and Politics.

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