LITTLE ROCK (AP) - A group of 82 cotton growers in Arkansas have sued manufacturers of the herbicide 2,4-D, claiming that the product harmed last year's crop.
The federal lawsuit in the Eastern District of Arkansas seeks compensatory damages and punitive damages, plus legal costs. Defendants named in the suit are Agriliance LLC, Albaugh Inc., Nufarm Americas Inc., United Agri Products and Universal Crop Protection Alliance.
The farmers allege in the suit that the 2,4-D they bought was defective in design and inadequately labeled.
Earlier this year, the state Plant Board agreed to ban most aerial and ground applications of 2,4-D in 10 eastern Arkansas counties. The ban is in effect from April 15 through Sept. 15.