Agriculture

Early Leaf Spot Peanut Fungus Confirmed in Newport

Early Leaf Spot Peanut Fungus Confirmed in Newport
Most peanut fields in Arkansas are already near harvest.

Arkansas researchers say a disease that can cut peanut yields by half if left unchecked has been discovered in a plot near Newport.
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Damage to Cotton Crop Now Estimated at 24k Acres

State agricultural officials now say an estimated 24,000 acres of cotton crops were damaged by a recent hail storm.
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The Mind of an Entrepreneur (Mitch Bettis Publisher's Note)

On Oct. 24, Arkansas Business, in partnership with the College of Business at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, is hosting another Power Breakfast executive panel.
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Turner Grain Close to Filing $25M Bankruptcy

Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley appears close to filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, according to a court filing made last week by the company's receiver. Turner's draft, filed by receiver Kevin Keech of North Little Rock, lists $24.8 million of creditors holding unsecured claims read more >

PAC, Lobbyist Donations Nearing $1M in Contested State Legislative Races

Less than three weeks before Election Day, political action committees and lobbyists have already pumped more than three-quarters of a million dollars into contested state Senate and House races across the state. read more >

Top College Officials See Sizable Pay Raises

Arkansas Business reviewed the Administrator's Compensation Survey reports filed with the state Department of Higher Education for the 2010 and 2014 fiscal years. In the four-year period, the number of six-figure employees included in the report increased from 460 to 703. read more >

16 Arkansas Public School Superintendent Jobs Top $200,000

The list includes 247 current-year superintendents of public school districts and a few charter schools, and it ranks them by the total compensation package — salary plus benefits — paid to the superintendent of that school district in the 2013-14 academic year. read more >

Arkansas Agriculture Official Announces Retirement

The Arkansas Agriculture Department has announced the retirement of Secretary of Agriculture Butch Calhoun. Calhoun's retirement becomes effective Dec. 31. read more >

EPA Approves New Weed Killer for Engineered Crops

The EPA said Wednesday that it will allow the use of a 2,4-D weed killer called Enlist Duo, a new version of the popular herbicide used since the 1940s. It is designed to be used with genetically modified corn and soybeans approved by the Agriculture Department last month. read more >

Fort Smith Awaits Word on Possible Federal Suit Over Sewer System

The Fort Smith Board of Directors approved a resolution Oct. 7 to continue with the city's program to improve its sewer system. read more >

UA Announces 4 Inductees For Business Hall of Fame

Representing the Class of 2015 inductees into the University of Arkansas Business Hall of Fame are Millie Ward, Al Bell, Stephen L. LaFrance Sr., and Donald E. "Buddy" Wray, the UA said Thursday. read more >

Turner Grain Executive Claims $5.5M in Debts, $2M in Assets

Dale Bartlett of Marvell, president of Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley, on Monday filed a more detailed bankruptcy filing, listing about $5.5 million in debts and $2 million in assets. read more >

Receiver Takes Control of Turner Grain

U.S. District Court Judge James M. Moody Jr. named bankruptcy attorney Kevin Keech and his North Little Rock law firm to take control of what's left of Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley. read more >

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