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Arkansas attorney general asks court to halt 2 dicamba rulings

Soybeans showing cupped leaves, which are a symptom of dicamba injury (Photo: University of Aarkansas System Division of Agriculture)

Arkansas' 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.

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