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(Little Rock) (AP) – Gov. Mike Beebe has declared a state of emergency in Arkansas to assist with the transport of harvested crops during the drought.

Beebe’s office said in a statement Thursday the declaration is intended to help Arkansas farmers who are experiencing navigation and transportation difficulties because of the low flow on the Mississippi River.

The declaration temporarily authorizes the issuance of special permits from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department for the transport of agricultural products to their destinations on controlled access highways, provided the load doesn’t exceed 85,000 pounds.

The agricultural products specified are corn, rice, soybeans, and grain sorghum.

This declaration is in effect for 30 days and may be extended depending on future conditions.

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