Agriculture Archive

USDA Veterinarian: Bird Flu Outbreak Could Be 'Devastating'

by Associated Press 4/17/2015 08:23 am

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.

Southwind Milling in Pine Bluff Gets New Partner, $9M for Expansion

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/15/2015 04:18 pm

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.

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

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/15/2015 11:31 am

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.

Entergy Arkansas Seeks OK for 81-Megawatt Solar Power Plant

by Lance Turner 4/15/2015 11:22 am

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.

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

by Associated Press 4/15/2015 06:51 am

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.

Business Workshop for Landowners Scheduled for May 14 at WRI

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/14/2015 10:04 am

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.

Turner Grain's Dale Bartlett Asks for Chapter 7

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/13/2015 12:00 am

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.

Poultry Federation President Marvin Childers Ready To Play Chicken with Cuba

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/13/2015 12:00 am

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

Poultry Flock Health Tied to Biosecurity

by Sean Beherec 4/13/2015 12:00 am

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.

Ozark Mountain Poultry of Rogers Doing Chicken Its Way

by Marty Cook 4/13/2015 12:00 am

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.

Blue Bell Expands Recall of Ice Cream Made at Oklahoma Plant

by Associated Press 4/9/2015 12:24 pm

Blue Bell Creameries has expanded its recall of products made at an Oklahoma plant after pints of banana pudding ice cream tested positive for listeriosis.

Quarterly Business Analysis Luncheon Set for May 8 in Fayetteville

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/9/2015 11:49 am

Kathy Deck, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research, will present her regular Quarterly Business Analysis as a luncheon on Friday, May 8.

Delta Research Consortium to Unite Regional Leaders

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/7/2015 11:47 am

Arkansas State University in Jonesboro is hosting the Delta Research Consortium Leadership Summit on Thursday and Friday, seeking to unite universities and other private and public institutions in eight states to produce research and innovation that will help the Delta economy.

Fort Smith Retakes Top Spot in Arkansas Tech Business Index

by Mark Carter 4/7/2015 09:36 am

The index is a comprehensive measure that provides a snapshot of economic activity in Arkansas cities. It encompasses a labor index, housing market index, construction index and retail sales index.

HR Director Michele Burns on the Soft Skills Employers Want

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/6/2015 12:00 am

Michele Burns is the state director for the Arkansas Society for Human Resource Management and is the director of classification and compensation with the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

In Northwest Arkansas, Boozman Talks GMOs, Bank Regulations, Highways

by Marty Cook 4/2/2015 09:35 am

U.S. Sen. John Boozman talks GMO labeling, banking regulations and the Federal Highway Trust Fund in meetings with northwest Arkansas political and business leaders Wednesday.

Tyson Foods Shutters Georgia Plant, Expands Another

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/30/2015 01:51 pm

Tyson Foods of Springdale announced Friday that it would shut down one Georgia poultry plant and scale back operations at another.

Shareholders Fight Over Sale of Livestock Farm

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/30/2015 12:00 am

Shareholders in a Bentonville poultry and livestock farm are suing its controlling shareholders to prevent the sale of the company's assets and to order an accounting of its expenditures.

Arkansas Labor Force Rises by 9,000

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/30/2015 12:00 am

As the unemployment rate in Arkansas is falling the size of the labor force is increasing, as these charts by Michael Pakko, the state's economic forecaster, show.

Arkansas Jobless Rate Down to 5.5 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/27/2015 09:47 am

The state's unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent in February, down a tenth of a percentage point from January, according to data released Friday by the state Department of Workforce Services.