Attorney: Judge's exemption on herbicide ban should stand

Attorney: Judge's exemption on herbicide ban should stand
(Source: Raycom Media)

LITTLE ROCK (KAIT/AP) - LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An attorney is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to let stand a judge's order allowing six farmers to use an herbicide banned by state regulators.
           
The Arkansas-Democrat Gazette reports that the state Plant Board banned dicamba starting next week after receiving nearly 1,000 complaints last summer that the herbicide drifted onto crops and caused damage.
           
But attorney Grant Ballard says Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox's March 30 ruling exempting the farmers from the ban should be allowed to stand. Ballard says the farmers' herbicide use won't be a statewide threat.
           
Ballard's filing comes after Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's office asked the state Supreme Court last week to stay Fox's order until an appeal is heard.
           
The dicamba ban will run through October 31.

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