Dicamba: Arkansas Slaps $105,000 Fine On Farmer For Alleged Misuse

Photo: Debra L Ferguson

Photo: Debra L Ferguson

The Arkansas Department of Agriculture’s Plant Board met on October 23 and fined a Missouri farmer $105,000 for nine violations of Arkansas laws and regulations regarding the use of dicamba in 2018.

The Plant Board found that the farmer had committed four egregious violations by allowing dicamba drift and using dicamba after April 16, the cutoff date for dicamba in effect in 2018, according to a press release issued by the board.

The farmer was not named.

“The penalty for each egregious violation was assessed at $25,000,” the release specified. “The Board also assessed a $1,000 penalty for each of the following violations: failure to provide records (two violations); failure to keep record; failure to obtain a New Technology Training certificate; and failure obtain a Private Applicator license.”

Arkansas law in effect at the time provided that a civil penalty of up to $25,000 may be assessed “if the violations were egregious,” according to the release.

The law in effect in 2018 provided that a violation is egregious only if significant off-target crop damage occurred as a result of the application of dicamba or an auxin-containing herbicide or any other new herbicide technology released after the effective date of August 1, 2017.

The Board’s Findings and Order will be officially forwarded to the farmer in the coming days, and he will have thirty days from his receipt of the Order to file an appeal, the release stated.