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USDA Veterinarian: Bird Flu Outbreak Could Be 'Devastating'

USDA Veterinarian: Bird Flu Outbreak Could Be 'Devastating'

The nation's poultry industry may have to live with a deadly bird flu strain for several years, which would be "devastating," the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief veterinary officer said Thursday.
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Contractors See Construction Business Pick Up in 2014

In general, 2014 was a year of increase among the biggest general contractors in Arkansas. Eighteen out of 32 firms that reported updated revenue figures for the largest commercial contractors list recorded year-over-year gains.
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Southwind Milling in Pine Bluff Gets New Partner, $9M for Expansion

Optimum Group, which is building a $32 million rice mill at the Port of Pine Bluff, has taken on a new partner, injecting $9 million into an expansion of the project.
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For Fairness (Editorial)

We support the proposal before the Little Rock Board of Directors that would forbid discrimination against city workers, including discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. read more >

Widespread Growth Seen in Northwest Arkansas

When Sam Walton opened in 1950 the dime store in Bentonville, to say the area was sparsely populated would be an understatement. Today, these environs have grown so much that they comprise their own metropolitan statistical area. read more >

Get Tickets Now to Arkansas Business Power Breakfast on Women Business Leaders

Tickets are now available to the next Arkansas Business Power Breakfast, which features experts who will share strategies on recruiting, retaining and inspiring women in the workplace to be leaders. read more >

Entergy Arkansas Seeks OK for 81-Megawatt Solar Power Plant

Entergy Arkansas said Wednesday that it is seeking approval from the state Public Service Commission to build an 81-megawatt photovoltaic solar energy plant in Arkansas County. read more >

Bird Flu Spreads to Iowa Turkey Flock; 6th Midwest State

A bird-flu strain that has already led to the deaths of nearly 2 million turkeys nationwide spread to an Iowa turkey farm, authorities said on Tuesday, bringing to six the number of states hit with the outbreak that was also confirmed at eight more farms in Minnesota. read more >

Business Workshop for Landowners Scheduled for May 14 at WRI

Landowners, farmers and hunting clubs wanting to earn extra income by offering recreational and other activities for visitors can learn more at a business workshop for landowners on Thursday, May 14, at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute on Petit Jean Mountain. read more >

Turner Grain's Dale Bartlett Asks for Chapter 7

Dale Bartlett, a former co-owner of Turner Grain Merchandising of Brinkley, asked earlier this month that his Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization be converted to a Chapter 7 liquidation. read more >

Poultry Federation President Marvin Childers Ready To Play Chicken with Cuba

Marvin Childers oversees the Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri operations for the Poultry Federation, where he promotes and protects the poultry and egg industry. read more >

Poultry Flock Health Tied to Biosecurity

Preventing the spread of the disease sometimes comes down to the basics of biosecurity, the concept of ensuring the safety and well-being of a flock by curbing the disease's introduction in the first place. read more >

Ozark Mountain Poultry of Rogers Doing Chicken Its Way

OMP has established itself as a leader in a niche market, namely antibiotic-free chicken that isn't raised in cages or fed animal byproducts. read more >

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