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Arkansas Supreme Court issues stay of temporary restraining order on dicamba rule

The Arkansas State Plant Board’s recently adopted emergency rule amendments regarding the use and application of dicamba are now in effect again. 

Last month, the Pulaski County Circuit Court entered a temporary restraining order delaying implementation of the 2021 amendments, on June 7th, the Arkansas Supreme Court issued a stay of the circuit court’s order.

The main points of the emergency rule are as follows:

  • In-crop application of dicamba shall be prohibited after June 30
  • A one-mile buffer in all directions must be maintained between the fields where dicamba is applied and research stations operated by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
  • A half-mile buffer in all directions must be maintained in all directions between the field where dicamba is applied and fields where certified organic crops and commercially growing specialty crops are grown.
  • A quarter-mile buffer must be maintained in all directions between fields where dicamba is applied and fields where soybeans and cotton that are not genetically engineered to resist dicamba are grown.

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