Agriculture

Top Brands Fuel Tyson's Biggest Play
Donnie Smith

Top Brands Fuel Tyson's Biggest Play

Tyson officially began the process of buying Hillshire Brands Co. of Chicago on Wednesday, according to a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. For Tyson executives, though, the chance to acquire Hillshire's enviable top-rated brands was irresistible.
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Proposal Would Raise Arkansas' Minimum Wage Rate

Arkansas' minimum wage of $6.25 an hour, which applies to all employers with four or more employees, is one of only four state minimums that remain below the federal wage of $7.25 hourly.
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Invasive Beetle Confirmed in 3 Arkansas Counties

State agriculture officials say an insect native to Asia that kills ash trees has been confirmed in three Arkansas counties.
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Wal-Mart Execs Naturally Dominate List of Executive Compensation

Top executives at the world's largest company continue to dominate Arkansas Business' annual list of public company executive compensation, starting with the new CEO, Doug McMillon.
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Carrington Complex Draws $21.5 Million Transaction (Real Deals)

A 202-unit apartment complex in west Little Rock weighed in at $21.5 million, and a 1,209-SF bank branch in west Little Rock is under new ownership after a $1.22 million sale. read more >

Lessons Learned (Editorial)

One of our best additions to the pages of Arkansas Business in our redesign three years ago has turned out to be the weekly Executive Q&A. It's a good way of getting new voices into the paper, voices largely unfiltered by editors because the Q&As are usually done via email and we publish the answers largely as written (though sometimes abbreviated because of space constraints). read more >

Deltic Timber's Ray Dillon on Staying Smart When Branching Out

Ray Dillon, who has led Deltic Timber Corp. of El Dorado since July 1, 2003, also works with both industry trade associations and community-oriented nonprofit organizations. read more >

Michael Kidd Named Poultry Federation's Industry Leader of the Year

Michael Kidd, director of the Center of Excellence for Poultry Science and head of the Department of Poultry Science in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas, has been named the 2014 Industry Leader of the Year by The Poultry Federation. read more >

Arkansan Dow Brantley Elected Chairman of USA Rice Federation

Dow Brantley, chairman of the Arkansas Rice Federation and a prominent Arkansas farmer, has been elected chairman of the USA Rice Federation. read more >

Geovanni Leiva Brings Family Coffee from Guatemala to Leiva's Coffee in Sherwood

Leiva's Coffee of Sherwood is brewing up a philosophy of generosity, combining homegrown coffee with a belief in helping the less fortunate. The way to accomplish this: offering coffee bean growers a greater percentage of profits to allow for reinvestment in underserved communities. read more >

Wine Permit for Sassafras Springs Tops Grapevine of Beer & Wine Updates

Sassafras Springs Vineyard in Springdale, owned by Gene Long and his wife, Cheryl, has been open since April 1, but it finally received its wine manufacturing permit from the state in May, though it isn't likely to start producing until the end of the year, Long said. read more >

Population Rises in U.S. Poverty Areas, Arkansas Up Nearly 15 Percent

One in four residents of the United States live in “poverty areas,” according to federal data. That's an increase from less than one in five in 2000. read more >

Agriculture Industry Seeks to Create 'Right to Farm'

The emerging battle could have lasting repercussions for the nation's food supply and for the millions of people worldwide who depend on U.S. agricultural exports. It's also possible that the right-to-farm idea could sputter as a merely symbolic gesture that carries little practical effect beyond driving up voter turnout in local elections. read more >

Ranchers Taking Advantage of USDA Disaster Program

Farmers and ranchers who suffered heavy livestock and grazing losses over the last three years due to extreme weather have been quick to take advantage of newly available disaster relief funds, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday. read more >

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