Region 8 Boll Weevil Dispute to be Settled Next Month

February 18, 2004 - Posted at 7:52 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A trial over the state's boll weevil eradication program has been postponed into March.  The trial had been scheduled for yesterday in Pulaski County court.  Several northeastern Arkansas cotton farmers are arguing that the Arkansas Plant Board went overboard when it charged the cotton growers for the program without getting their approval.  A judge this month issued a partial ruling saying the action was legal.

Between 1997 and 2003, farmers in Mississippi County and eastern Craighead County voted five times against participating in the program.  They claimed they didn't have a problem with boll weevils.

The board charges the farmer $8 an acre to help cover the costs of the program.

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