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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

In Arkansas, there's a kind of David-versus-Goliath battle underway over a weedkiller. On one side, there's the giant Monsanto Company. On the other, a committee of 18 people, mostly farmers and small business owners, who regulate the use of pesticides in the state. They've banned Monsanto's latest way of killing weeds.

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Monsanto sued the board and each individual member, calling their decision arbitrary, capricious and unlawful. Hundreds of farmers who say they need dicamba to control their weeds signed a petition calling for the board to reconsider.

Six farmers also filed a lawsuit, arguing that the makeup of the board violates the Arkansas Constitution because some of the members are selected by industries that the board regulates.

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Read the article and you will see why I added the "oops". Frankly I find it disgusting. It is a non-political board that determines these things presently. Now they are all being sued individually in an attempt to intimidate them and State Legislators are considering making the only non-political board of it's kind in the country a part of the system politic. Frankly I think their decision is correct. Farmers against them are against them out of laziness and greed.

#1 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2018-02-14 10:44 AM | Reply

Damn, hands has another user name.

#2 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-02-14 01:21 PM | Reply

These 'farmers' clearly did not read the constitution that guarantees that government shall pass no laws that impede the god given right of corporations to maximize their profits. It is right in the bill of rights, look it up.

.ps Committee starts the same as Communist, coincidence, I think not.

#3 | Posted by bored at 2018-02-14 04:27 PM | Reply

These tactics of silo-control and infestation with crops that do not achieve adulthood should seriously arouse scientific interests, but that's also forbidden. Look what's happening to the population who consume those crappily engineered organisms?! This nation is so unhealthy, and the FDA deregulating dangerous practices is at the root of it.

#4 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2018-02-14 08:10 PM | Reply


This looks similar to Monsanto's behavior shown in the movie Food, Inc.

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-02-14 09:17 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

" Hundreds of farmers who say they need dicamba to control their weeds signed a petition calling for the board to reconsider."

MadBomber, please inform these farmers that agriculture persisted for millennia without dicamba.
Thanks.

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-02-14 11:38 PM | Reply

Dicamba is some nasty stuff to handle.

Impossible to control. Drifts and kills neighboring crops no matter well you handle it

#7 | Posted by eberly at 2018-02-14 11:47 PM | Reply

I hope it gets banned everywhere until they find the right application for it. The right temp, season, etc

#8 | Posted by eberly at 2018-02-14 11:50 PM | Reply

Now they are all being sued individually in an attempt to intimidate them ...

They were sued in their official, not individual, capacity. www.agri-pulse.com Another example of never, ever, rely on journalists to accurately report on legal matters.

The "attempt to intimidate" didn't work. talkbusiness.net

Despite requesting an injunction, which might have prevented the 2018 ban, Monsanto hasn't done anything with the suit. caseinfo.aoc.arkansas.gov

#9 | Posted by et_al at 2018-02-15 01:07 AM | Reply

Impossible to control. Drifts and kills neighboring crops no matter well you handle it

Seems to be some nasty s--t. In fumbling around I saw something suggesting that during hot weather it can "evaporate" and drift up to 72 hours after application. In my experience, aerosol liquids evaporate in minutes not days during hot weather. WTF?

#10 | Posted by et_al at 2018-02-15 01:17 AM | Reply

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#9 | Posted by et_al

And why do you suppose those state legislators want to reign the board in and make it a true part of the political body?

#11 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2018-02-15 10:12 AM | Reply

Because citizens can't think for themselves.

#12 | Posted by fresno500 at 2018-02-15 10:13 AM | Reply

#10 | Posted by et_al

I may have read some of the same things. The fact that their is a lot of evidence to support the belief that it does this and these board members noticed and banned it says a lot about their integrity.

It potentially explains a lot of what I and others experienced last year with issues with our gardens, bushes and trees. As I read the article little light bulbs started going off for me since last year dicamba was widely used. Most of the farmers I work with tried it.

#13 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2018-02-15 10:20 AM | Reply

I hope it gets banned everywhere until they find the right application for it. The right temp, season, etc

#8 | Posted by eberly

Then you better start voting dem and stop saying both parties are the same because repubs do whatever corporations want them to do.

#14 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-02-15 11:16 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#14 | Posted by SpeakSoftly

Unfortunately, the Dems don't have a great 'track record' in regards to confronting Monsanto. Monsanto associates hold high level government positions within the FDA and USDA regardless of what party is in office. This goes back to Clinton.

#15 | Posted by horstngraben at 2018-02-15 01:25 PM | Reply

Unfortunately, the Dems don't have a great 'track record' in regards to confronting Monsanto. Monsanto associates hold high level government positions within the FDA and USDA regardless of what party is in office. This goes back to Clinton.

#15 | Posted by horstngraben

Dems don't have a great track record on a lot of things, yet in nearly all cases, they're less bad than repubs.

#16 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-02-15 01:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Hey lets pour water soluble poison on all of our farmland year after year and then act surprised when it shows up in the wells on the same land.

#17 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2018-02-15 02:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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