Agriculture

Arkansas Lawmaker Urges Ban on California Wine Over Egg Law

Arkansas Lawmaker Urges Ban on California Wine Over Egg Law
Republican Rep. Dan Douglas of Bentonville has proposed a bill that would ban California wine in Arkansas.

An Arkansas lawmaker said Wednesday that the state should ban California wine as retribution for the West Coast state's law requiring egg-laying hens to be able to stand up, turn around and fully extend their wings.
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Allens' Successor Sager Creek Also Faced Financial Trouble

The company that bought Allens Inc. of Siloam Springs out of bankruptcy was just a week away from filing its own Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February, according to the trustee for Allens. Sager Creek Vegetable Co. “had significant cash-flow problems,” Allens' Chapter 7 Trustee R. Ray Fulmer II of Fort Smith told Arkansas Business.
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Sibling Rivalry Contributed to Escalated Bidding in Dunklin Properties

Sources say $85 million was the winning bid in the court-ordered auction of farming and hunting property spread across 15,881 acres in Arkansas and Jefferson counties.
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