Sweet: ‘A Pure Arkansas-Flavored Investment' for Arkansas Teachers Retirement System

Sweet: ‘A Pure Arkansas-Flavored Investment' for Arkansas Teachers Retirement System

The Arkansas Teacher Retirement System, the state's largest pension fund, has invested about $73 million in 14,580 acres of cropland since it began building its roster of farm holdings four years ago.
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Fed Keeps Rate at Record Low, Ends Bond Buying

Fed Keeps Rate at Record Low, Ends Bond Buying

The Federal Reserve plans to keep a key interest rate at a record low. It's also ending a bond purchase program that was intended to keep long-term rates low.
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Dennis Smiley's Wife Cynthia Files Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Cynthia Smiley, the wife of former Arvest Bank executive Dennis Smiley Jr., filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Thursday, listing $2.3 million in debts and $34,000 in assets.
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The List Largest Forest Products Companies

Forest Products Companies list includes company contact information, Arkansas employees, Arkansas acreage, land use and top executive.

Rank Name No. of Arkansas Employees Arkansas Acreage
1 Georgia-Pacific LLC 2,600
2 Evergreen Packaging Group 1,017 5,200
3 Domtar Corp. 985 2,533
4 Anthony Timberlands Inc. 713 150,000
5 West Fraser Inc. 680

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Weyerhaeuser CEO Doyle R. Simons Says Housing Stats On Path Out of the Woods

Simons has been a director of Weyerhaeuser since June 2012. He was chairman and CEO of Temple-Inland Inc. from 2008 to February 2012, when it was acquired by International Paper. He held various management positions with Temple-Inland, including executive vice president from 2005 to 2007 and chief administrative officer from 2003 to 2005. Before joining Temple-Inland in 1992, he practiced real estate and banking law with Hutcheson & Grundy LLP of Houston.