Task force to look at banned her­bi­cide

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BUSINESS & FARM - — The As­so­ci­ated Press

A task force has been formed to study a weed killer that was tem­po­rar­ily banned by the state af­ter fac­ing hun­dreds of com­plaints from farm­ers who say it’s caused dam­age to their crops.

The state Agri­cul­ture Depart­ment on Mon­day an­nounced the 19 mem­bers who will serve on the task force to re­view the her­bi­cide dicamba, in­ves­ti­gate prob­lems with its use and make long term rec­om­men­da­tions. The panel will hold its first meet­ing Aug. 17.

Dicamba is a rel­a­tively in­ex­pen­sive weed killer, but can drift and dam­age nearby row crops such as soy­beans and cot­ton in ad­di­tion to fruit and veg­etable farms and or­na­men­tal trees. The state has tem­po­rar­ily banned its sale and use. The Plant Board has re­ceived more than 845 com­plaints this year about dicamba’s use.

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