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Arkansas Dicamba Regulations Reviewed to Prohibit Use of Dicamba Between April 16 – October 31

Today, the  Administrative Rules and Regulations Subcommittee of the Arkansas Legislative Council has reviewed and approved a rule proposed by the Arkansas State Plant Board that will prohibit the use of dicamba in Arkansas between April 16 and October 31.  Regulations include exemptions for the use of dicamba in pastures, rangeland, turf, ornamental, direct injection for forestry, and home use. Read the entire proposed rule, here. On Friday the rule change will be considered by the full Arkansas Legislative Council at 9:00 a.m. Find a meeting agenda, here
 
Background: 
 
The State Plant Board voted on November 8th during a public hearing and board meeting to approve regulatory changes for the above referenced rule. 
 
On December 12, the Administrative Rules and Regulations Subcommittee of the Arkansas Legislative Council considered the above referenced rule and approved a motion that it be held for final consideration and recommended that the Arkansas State Plant Board consider its current rule and revise the rule using: 1) scientific-based evidence; 2) a dividing line to create north and south zones; and 3) ambient temperature and humidity applicable to temperature inversion during night-time hours.
 
On January 3, the State Plant Board’s Pesticide Committee and the full State Plant Board voted to maintain the proposed regulations as currently written, which were presented today, and reviewed and approved by the Administrative Rules and Regulations Subcommittee of the Arkansas Legislative Council.
 
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