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Panel stymied on dicamba cutoff

Lawmakers find no legal way to halt growing-season ban

The state Plant Board's cutoff date on spraying dicamba on crops this year moved closer Tuesday to taking effect after a legislative subcommittee could find no legal way to stop it.

Agriculture agency looks into site move; state department also open to renovating its HQ in Little Rock

The Arkansas Agriculture Department is considering a new 100,000-square-foot headquarters, a surprise to some who work with, and within, the agency.

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DINING ON RACCOON: Critter annual star at must-attend event for Arkansas politicians

Fixed up, it’s said to taste ‘brown’

According to the professionals, it takes the better part of a week to make a raccoon fit for eating; acquiring a taste for the critter takes a while longer, if ever.

One dicamba-suits court up to judges

A panel of seven federal judges will meet Jan. 25 in Miami for oral arguments on whether a single court should preside over lawsuits, including three in Arkansas, that have been filed against the makers of dicamba.

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State fish farms have OK to kill cormorants

Arkansas fish farmers for the first time in two winters have federal permits allowing them to kill a limited number of double-crested cormorants now fleeing the ice and snow of the Great Lakes region.

Plant Board sticks with dicamba limit

Ban window on herbicide kicked back to panel that rejected it last month

The state Plant Board on Wednesday stood by its previous proposal to ban in-crop use of dicamba after April 16 as a means to protect crops, fruits and other vegetation susceptible to the herbicide.

Firm buying more than 270 E-Z Mart stores, including 85 in Arkansas

A Virginia company has purchased 272 convenience stores, including 85 in Arkansas, operated by E-Z Mart Stores Inc., based in Texarkana, Texas.

Suit on dicamba ban moot, state says

Monsanto's fight against a ban on one of its herbicides is moot because such a ban isn't in place, the state argued in court filings this week.

Ill, wanted to leave, Arkansas senator says of stifled dicamba plan

Illness prompted state Sen. Bill Sample to make a motion Tuesday to reject proposed restrictions on a herbicide before farmers and others attending a committee hearing in Little Rock had a chance to testify, he said Wednesday.

Dicamba cutbacks sent back to state board

Subpanel shuns spraying window

A legislative subcommittee Tuesday refused to ratify a state Plant Board proposal to restrict farmers' use next year of dicamba, a herbicide linked to crop damage in Arkansas and two dozen other states.