For Arkansas row-crop farmers, May 25th marked the final day for legal applications of dicamba herbicides according to state regulations from the Arkansas State Plant Board. Violations of these rules may be considered egregious* and subject to fines of $1,000 to $25,000 per violation.
Permits for in-crop applications are available to applications made inside the Mississippi River levee (application information below). Currently, no other in-crop exemptions or permits are available in Arkansas, however exemptions are available for certain dicamba applications for pasture and rangeland, turf, ornamental, forestry, and home use.
*Violations may be considered 'egregious' if the application was determined to have been made intentionally in violation of federal labeling requirements or state laws or rules governing the application of the herbicide. Fines collected through these 'egregious' civil penalties are to be used for the Arkansas State Plant Board Scholarship program and the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.
Dicamba Permit Forms
The State Plant Board will hold its next quarterly meeting on Tuesday, June 2nd, at 9:30am (information below). At the meeting, the Plant Board is expected to consider a petition for rulemaking related to dicamba use in 2020.
Plant Board Quarterly Meeting
Tuesday, June 2nd
Zoom: https://zoom.us/s/98950904112?pwd=M3VyYjFkTzluQjgyYUV5MGZjSWJudz09 Password: 338601