State Weevil Board Commends Meeting With Northeast Arkansas Farmers

JULY 30, 2004 - Posted at 4:56 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Members of the Boll Weevil Eradication Board today commended meetings with northeast Arkansas farmers.

The program's executive director Kanny Kiser says people are beginning to understand a forced program to exterminate the pests.

The purpose of the meetings is to create an advisory committee for the project in Mississippi County and part of Craighead County.  Farmers there were forced to take part in the eradication program.  Kiser said the committee will likely be formed by the end of August.

Also today, the board voted to retroactively raise applicators' pay by three percent from the beginning of the year because the price of fuel had increased.  Some of the applicators had threatened to quit.

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