Beebe declares emergency to assist harvest

Posted: August 30, 2012 at 7:23 p.m.

— Gov. Mike Beebe has declared an emergency to assist Arkansas farmers with transport of their harvested crops.

The governor’s declaration Thursday allows special permits to be issued so agricultural products can be shipped on controlled access highways.

Beebe declared the emergency because harvested crops have backed up due to low flows on the Mississippi River that have hindered barge traffic.

The declaration is in effect for 30 days and allows corn, rice, soybeans and grain sorghum to be trucked on the interstate highways as long as the loads don’t exceed 85,000 pounds.