Plant board approves regulations on Dicamba

Plant board approves regulations on Dicamba
(Source: KAIT)

(KAIT) - Farmers packed a public hearing on Monday where the State Plant Board approved regulations that would limit the use the chemical Dicamba.

According to NBC affiliate KARK-TV, the plant board investigator received nearly 250 comments ahead of Monday's hearing with 200 of those in support of restrictions.

The problems started when Monsanto introduced Dicamba-resistant cotton and soybean seeds to the market without a new formulation approved by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Farmers said Dicamba damage caused tens of thousands of dollars in losses after harvest this year.

One farmer in Mississippi County was killed over a Dicamba dispute.

His family says the regulations are needed to protect livelihoods and lives.

"I as the board to have the foresight knowing violence will only escalate between neighbors and more tragedies are likely to occur if this is not stopped before more is done," said Bradley Wallace, the son of Mike Wallace.

Mike Wallace was killed on Oct. 27 outside of Leachville over a Dicamba dispute.

During the meeting, only two people spoke against regulations on Dicamba.

Most farmers said they do not have enough information because Monsanto has not made the chemical available for testing by University of Arkansas scientists.

Governor Asa Hutchinson now has to sign off on the proposed changes before they head to the state legislature for approval.

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