Arkansas AG Asks Court To Halt Two Dicamba Rulings

Apr 23, 2018

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge in a file photo speaking at the state Capitol in May 2015.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas's attorney general has asked the state's highest court to halt two judges' rulings exempting some farmers from the ban of an herbicide that took effect last week.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge asked the state Supreme Court on Monday to stay the rulings in Mississippi and Phillips counties preventing the state from enforcing the dicamba ban on groups of farmers in those counties.

The state Plant Board's dicamba ban took effect last week and will run through October 31. The ban was issued after the board received nearly 1,000 complaints last summer that the herbicide drifted onto crops and caused damage.

The state Supreme Court earlier this month stayed a similar ruling by a Pulaski County judge exempting six farmers from the dicamba ban.