On Friday, August 12th, the Arkansas State Plant Board held its first meeting since an Arkansas Circuit Court ruled 9 of the 19 seats unconstitutional and ordered to be vacated. The board was still able to meet and conduct business with a majority of the members (10) being present, which constitutes a quorum. The board conducted regular business during the meeting, including election of officers, approval of minutes, committee actions, and enforcement actions.
The board did hear updates on dicamba, including an update on issues of case files and syptomology. According to Secretary Ward and Director Scott Bray, field agents have found widespread symptomology across Arkansas on soybean acres planted with non-xtend varieties. To date, 180 alleged dicamba complaints were filed with the plant board this year, down from 360 in 2021.