Agriculture

US Expects to Pay Farmers $191 Million for Birds Lost to Flu
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

US Expects to Pay Farmers $191 Million for Birds Lost to Flu

The U.S. government expects to spend $191 million to pay chicken and turkey farmers for birds lost to avian flu, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday as he called for Congress to consider a disaster program for poultry producers similar to that for other livestock farmers.
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Rob Anderson Joins Arkansas Farm Bureau as PR Director (Movers & Shakers)

Rob Anderson, formerly the director of content strategy for three years at Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods in Little Rock, has been hired as director of public relations at Arkansas Farm Bureau.
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Simmons First National Ramps Up Growth Via Acquisition

Simmons First National Corp. covered some serious ground among growth-minded Arkansas lenders on the acquisition trail. Tandem out-of-state, stock-swap purchases during the first quarter increased the size of the Pine Bluff bank holding company by a whopping 65 percent.
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Million-Dollar Quartet Comprised of Farmland, Rural Spreads

A pair of farms in Lonoke County, a 6,600-SF restaurant in Bryant and a rural spread in Faulkner County provide this week's foursome of seven-digit deals.
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