Agriculture Archive

US Supreme Court Justices Skeptical of Tyson Foods in Class-Action Case

by Associated Press 11/10/2015 10:44 am

The Supreme Court appears likely to sustain a multimillion dollar judgment against Tyson Foods Inc. in a pay dispute with more than 3,000 workers at a pork-processing plant in Iowa.

Weyerhaeuser Buys Plum Creek in $8.44B Timber Deal

by Associated Press 11/9/2015 08:08 am

Weyerhaeuser Co. is buying Plum Creek Timber Co. for $8.44 billion to form what is expected to be one of the world's biggest timberland and forest products companies.

Part-Time Boone County Farmers Turn to Fruits and Veggies

by Associated Press 11/9/2015 06:44 am

In the last six to eight years, one farmer has seen what he called a real swing toward locally grown produce. More people are concerned, he said, about where and how their food is grown and about farming practices and techniques.

Asa Hutchinson Plans Trade Mission to Japan, China

by Lance Turner 11/6/2015 02:14 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday announced plans to make his third international business development trip, this time to China and Japan on Nov. 15-24.

Canfor Completes $93.5M Deal for Anthony Forest Products

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/4/2015 07:26 am

Canfor Corp. of Vancouver said it has completed its previously announced $93.5 million purchase of Anthony Forest Products Co. of El Dorado.

Hutchinson Calls on Congress to Allow Credit in Dealing with Cuba

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/3/2015 03:22 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson continued his calls to further open Cuba to Arkansas businesses, urging Congress to allow "flexibility in credit extension" to the country as it re-establishes relations with the United States.

Todd Simmons Installed as Chair of National Chicken Council

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/2/2015 11:42 am

Todd Simmons, CEO of Simmons Foods in Siloam Springs, was installed as the chairman of the National Chicken Council.

Southern Arkansas University Student Elected National President of FFA

by Associated Press 11/2/2015 07:07 am

Taylor McNeel was elected Saturday during the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Kentucky.

Here's North Little Rock's Top 10 Electric Customers for 2014

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/2/2015 12:00 am

North Little Rock Electric's annual report for bondholders, which contains its revenue and the kilowatt hours sold, also includes a list of the city's top 10 electric customers and how much they paid to keep the lights on.

Mark Lambert Hired at Arkansas Farm Bureau (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/26/2015 12:00 am

Mark Lambert has been hired as assistant director of commodity activities and economics in the commodity and regulatory affairs department of the Arkansas Farm Bureau.

Tyson Foods Increasing Hourly Pay at Chicken Plants

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/23/2015 09:22 am

The move will affect hourly production, maintenance and refrigeration workers at 51 of Tyson's chicken plants, the company said. The raises will go into effect Nov. 1.

Slow Housing Recovery Drags on Deltic Timber Earnings

by Lance Turner 10/21/2015 03:41 pm

Deltic Timber Corp. of El Dorado on Wednesday reported a net profit of just $38,000, down from $6 million in the same quarter last year.

Asa Hutchinson Makes Board, Commission Appointments

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/21/2015 01:16 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday announced appointments to state boards and commissions.

Census Says Poverty Rate in US Stays Consistent

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/19/2015 12:00 am

The official poverty rate in the United States in 2014 was 14.8 percent, and 46.7 million people were in poverty, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The rate and number weren't statistically different from the 2013 estimates.

Grass Roots Farmers' Cooperative Seeks to Foster Efficiency

by Jan Cottingham 10/19/2015 12:00 am

The Grass Roots Farmers' Cooperative is a group of sustainable livestock farmers who share resources and difficult, time-consuming tasks related to processing, marketing and distribution of the meat the farms produce.

Arkansas Business Hall of Fame to Induct 4

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/14/2015 10:56 am

The 2016 inductees are: William T. Dillard II of Dillards Inc.; Dr. George K. Mitchell, former Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield CEO; former Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller; and Patricia P. Upton of Aromatique.

Weyerhaeuser Launches $190M Dierks Sawmill Project

by George Waldon 10/12/2015 12:00 am

One of the oldest sawmill operations in the state is undergoing a $190 million rebirth at its historic southwest Arkansas home. Site preparation for the new Weyerhaeuser complex at Dierks (Howard County) is winding down as the project shifts into a new phase of construction.

Cotton Inc. Honors UA Cotton Breeder Fred Bourland

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/12/2015 12:00 am

Fred Bourland, a cotton breeder for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, will be inducted by Cotton Inc. into the 2015 class of the Cotton Research & Promotion Hall of Fame.

October Proclaimed Farm to School Month

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/12/2015 12:00 am

A program that connects schools with nearby farms to provide fresh produce for students and income for farmers is being recognized by Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proclamation of October as Arkansas Farm to School Month.

Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame Seeks Nominations

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/12/2015 12:00 am

Since 1987, the Hall of Fame has recognized a total of 148 Arkansans who are contributing or have contributed significantly to the agriculture industry in Arkansas.