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Arkansas panel to hold hearing on herbicide rules

January 4, 2019

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas panel will begin taking public comments next week and hold a hearing in February on a plan to allow restricted use of an herbicide that was banned following complaints that it drifted onto crops and caused damage.

The Arkansas Plant Board will begin accepting public comments Monday through Feb. 5 on the proposed restrictions for the use of dicamba. The new restrictions prohibit dicamba’s in-crop use from May 21 to Oct. 31. The rule includes a one-mile buffer zone around research stations, organic crops, specialty crops, non-tolerant dicamba crops and other sensitive crops for applications from April 16 to May 20.

The panel will hold a public hearing Feb. 20 on the proposed regulations.

The state had previously banned dicamba’s use from April 16 through Oct. 31.

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