September 12, 2017-
State Sen. Stephanie Flowers, D-Pine Bluff, highlighted new laws governing farmers as a keynote speaker at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Agriculture Field Day. A Democrat of District 25, Flowers represents parts of Arkansas, Desha, Jefferson, Lincoln, Monroe and Phillips counties. She discussed the Arkansas Legislature’s accomplishments related to agriculture in the 91st General Assembly in 2017.
Act 877 enhances the penalties for trespassers on farms when the suspect is caught under certain circumstances. Penalties are increased if the suspect is using an all terrain vehicle, a killing device or a tool to open fences or locks. Act 1085 allows farmers to apply for a special permit for five axle-trucks hauling loads of farm products of up to 100,000 pounds. The current law limits five-axle trucks to carry a maximum of 85,000 pounds of farm products, Flowers said. Act 156 prohibits cities and counties from enacting local laws that regulate seeds. Arkansas is the 29th state to pass a seed pre-exemption law, Flowers said during the event, held last Friday.