Agriculture

More Arkansas Rice, Cotton, Soybeans, Sorghum Expected
A report says soybean planting is expected to rise from 3.25 million acres to 3.35 million in Arkansas this year.

More Arkansas Rice, Cotton, Soybeans, Sorghum Expected

The National Agricultural Statistics Service is predicting more acres of rice, cotton, sorghum and soybeans planted in Arkansas this year with fewer acres dedicated to corn and winter wheat.
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Farmland Produces $1.8M Transaction (Real Deals)

More than 800 acres in east Pulaski County tipped the scales at $1.87 million. A media office project in west Little Rock weighed in at $1.65 million. And the sale of a 23.4-acre mini-storage development in south Pulaski County changed hands in a $1.2 million sale.
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Arkansas Sees 2.2% Rise in State Personal Income

Average state personal income in the U.S. grew 2.6 percent in 2013, a decline from the 4.2 percent of 2012, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.
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Arkansas Grown Push Aims to Connect Farmers, Buyers

The Arkansas Agriculture Department is working to bring more attention to its Arkansas Grown program in an effort to connect local farmers with consumers.
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