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Beebe declares state of emergency to assist with harvest transportation

August 30, 2012

LITTLE ROCK – On Tuesday afternoon, Governor Beebe declared a state of emergency in Arkansas in order to assist with the transport of harvested crops during Arkansas’s severe drought. The declaration is intended to help Arkansas farmers who are experiencing navigation and transportation difficulties due to the low flow on the Mississippi River.

The declaration temporarily authorizes issuance of special permits from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department for the transport of agricultural products (specifically corn, rice, soybeans, and grain sorghum) to their destinations on controlled access highways, provided that the load does not exceed 85,000 pounds. This declaration is in effect for 30 days and may be extended depending on future conditions.

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