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Hardship Permits (2,4-D Hardship & Dicamba)

Important Notices:

Please read for important information and changes regarding the Hardship Permit licensing program. 

The Arkansas Department of Agriculture is in the process of going paperless and updating the licensing database.  This may cause delays in the licensing process.  To ensure your application is processed in a timely manner be sure to provide ALL required information on the application form.  If you have questions or need immediate assistance, please contact the Pesticide Section at 501-225-1598.

2,4-D Hardship Permit

The following section explains the steps required to obtain and maintain a 2,4-D Hardship Permit.

Requirements for a 2,4-D Hardship Permit

A 2,4-D Hardship Permit is required to use Class F products (all 2,4-D and 2,4-D containing products) between April 16th and September 15th of each year in Clay, Greene, Craighead, Poinsett, Cross, Crittenden, St. Francis, Lee, Phillips, and Mississippi Counties.

Please follow all requirements listed in Section XI in the Arkansas Regulations on Pesticide Classification- Section XI Class F.

How To Obtain A 2,4-D Hardship Permit:

Complete an Application for 2,4-D Hardship Permit (DP-61).  Items to be submitted with application:

  • For each field to which 2,4-D containing products are to be applied, complete a Field ID Form (DP-62) and attach to the application.
  • Submit an application fee of $100 per farmer

There are two options to obtain and submit an application form:

Option 1 - By Mail:

Go to Pesticide Section Forms Website, scroll down to “Application Forms and Associated Fees to be Submitted by Mail:”, open and print the DP-61 and DP-62.  Complete the DP-61 and DP-62, sign, date, and mail the DP-61 and DP-62 along with the appropriate fee (check or money order) to:

Arkansas Department of Agriculture
Plant Industries Division, Pesticide Section
#1 Natural Resources Drive
Little Rock, AR  72205

Make check/money order payable to: 
Arkansas State Plant Board

Option 2 - Online:

Go to Pesticide Section Forms Website, scroll down to “Application Forms and Associated Fees to be Submitted Online” and follow the instructions on how to complete and submit the DP-61 and DP-62 along with the appropriate fee online. (The online payment option for this permit is still under construction, but will be available in the near future)

A permit will be issued and mailed or emailed to you, once the application review process is completed.  You can also view and print your permit information online at this link, as long as you hold a current permit.

Important Information Regarding Permits:

  • From this point on forward your issued Permit number, that you can view on the online License Search & Verification webpage, will be permanently assigned to you.
  • To keep your Permit current, you must complete and submit an Application Form DP-61 and DP-62 for a 2,4-D Hardship Permit along with the appropriate fee each year before you apply (all 2,4-D and 2,4-D containing products) between April 16th and September 15th in Clay, Greene, Craighead, Poinsett, Cross, Crittenden, St. Francis, Lee, Phillips, and Mississippi Counties.

Record Requirements

Please follow all requirements listed in Section XI in the Arkansas Regulations on Pesticide Classification- Section (XI)(D)(2)(b.)

Submit a 2,4-D Hardship Permit Record Keeping Form (DP-63).

Submit records within 10 days of the date of application to:

By Email: pesticide.hardshippermits@arkansas.gov

OR

By Mail:

Arkansas Department of Agriculture
Plant Industries Division, Pesticide Section
#1 Natural Resources Drive
Little Rock, AR  72205


Dicamba Permit

The following section explains the steps required to obtain and maintain a Dicamba Permit.

Requirements for a Dicamba Permit

A Dicamba Permit is required for any application of Dicamba containing pesticides between May 26th through October 31st of each year for Arkansas land east of the Mississippi River levee.

Please follow all requirements listed in Section XIII in the Arkansas Regulations on Pesticide Classification- Section XIII Class H.

  • The permit mush be obtained and submitted to the Plant Board, no later than 10 business days prior to application.
  • In no event will a special permit be issued for applications made more than 45 days (soybeans) or 60 days (cotton) after planting.
  • Permit will expire December 31st of each year.

How to obtain a Dicamba Permit:

Complete an Application for Dicamba Permit (DP-69A).  Items to be submitted with application:

  • - For each field to which Dicamba containing products are to be applied, complete a Field ID Form (DP-69B) and attach to the application.
  • - Submit an application fee of $100 per applicant

There are two options to obtain and submit an application form:

Option 1 - By Mail:

Go to Pesticide Section Forms Website, scroll down to “Application Forms and Associated Fees to be Submitted by Mail:”, open and print the DP-61 and DP-62.  Complete the DP-69A and DP-69B, sign, date, and mail the DP-69A and DP-69B along with the appropriate fee (check or money order) to:

Arkansas Department of Agriculture
Plant Industries Division, Pesticide Section
#1 Natural Resources Drive
Little Rock, AR  72205

Make check/money order payable to:
Arkansas State Plant Board

Option 2 - Online:

Go to Pesticide Section Forms Website, scroll down to “Application Forms and Associated Fees to be Submitted Online” and follow the instructions on how to complete and submit the DP-69A and DP-69B along with the appropriate fee online.  (The online payment option for this permit is still under construction, but will be available in the near future)

A permit will be issued and mailed or emailed to you, once the application review process is completed.  You can also view and print your permit information online at this link, as long as you hold a current permit.

Important Information Regarding Permits:

  • From this point on forward your issued Permit number, that you can view on the online License Search & Verification webpage, will be permanently assigned to you.
  • To keep your Permit current, you must complete and submit an Application Form DP-61 and DP-62 for a 2,4-D Hardship Permit along with the appropriate fee each year before you apply (all 2,4-D and 2,4-D containing products) between April 16th and September 15th in Clay, Greene, Craighead, Poinsett, Cross, Crittenden, St. Francis, Lee, Phillips, and Mississippi Counties.

Record Requirements:

Please follow all requirements listed in Section XIII in the Arkansas Regulations on Pesticide Classification- Section XIII (B)(1)(c.)

Submit records required by the federal label.

Submit records within 10 days of the date of application to:

By Email: pesticide.hardshippermits@arkansas.gov

OR

By Mail:

Arkansas Department of Agriculture
Plant Industries Division, Pesticide Section
#1 Natural Resources Drive
Little Rock, AR  72205



Training Requirements

  • In-Crop Use of New Dicamba Herbicide Formulations In-Person Training Any applicator planning to apply new Dicamba formulations (Engenia, Fexapan, Tavium, or Xtendimax) before May 26th & in-crop will need to first complete an in-person company training.  Applicators can attend any company dicamba training regardless of which new formulation they intend on applying.  Even if applicators have held this certificate in prior seasons, annual renewal is required by the Arkansas Department of Agriculture.  For more information visit the Pesticide Section Dicamba Updates Website.
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