The state Plant Board public hearing on the use of the herbicide dicamba has drawn the expected big crowd to the Embassy Suites in Little Rock.

Mara Leveritt, who’s attending and sent the photo, said several speakers have noted that the panel on the dais includes no women or blacks. Sort of like a Game and Fish Commission or Highway Commission meeting.

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Allowable dates for application of the chemical is the issue. Farmers with herbicide-resistant crops want longer application time. The Plant Board has recommended use through May 20. Not long enough for some, too long for growers of other crops and beekeepers, who’d prefer the previous April 15 limit.

Mara says speakers opposing change to later date seem to outnumber those in favor.

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