Agriculture Archive

Fed Report: Employers Raising Wages in Tight Labor Market

by Lance Turner 11/29/2017 03:22 pm

Employers in the Federal Reserve's Eighth District, which includes all of Arkansas and parts of six nearby states, say they are raising starting wages and salaries to attract new workers amid a tight labor market.

George's Inc. Acquires Campos Foods

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/27/2017 10:09 am

Poultry products producer George's Inc. of Springdale announced Monday that it has acquired Campos Foods LLC from Oklahoma City-based Lopez Foods Inc.

Farm Implement Ads on YouTube Go for Kardashian-sized Numbers

by Kyle Massey 11/27/2017 12:00 am

Little Rock marketing firm Kirkpatrick Creative has struck a deal with a Wisconsin farmer and his YouTube channel that's almost moved past advertising and into "influencing."

Weeding Down Arkansas' Cannabis Cultivators

by Kyle Massey 11/27/2017 12:00 am

Ninety-five entities applied for five licenses to grow medical cannabis in Arkansas. But exacting standards and daunting challenges mean it won't be easy money.

Heifer Plans New England Farm Sale

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/27/2017 12:00 am

It's probably inside baseball meaningful mostly to the Heifer International crowd, but the nonprofit, based in Little Rock, is looking to sell its 270-acre Heifer Farm in Rutland, Massachusetts, 61 miles west of Boston.

Arkansas Timber Rides Wave Of Demand

by Marty Cook 11/27/2017 12:00 am

This year's hurricanes are likely to boost Arkansas' timber industry, which was already experiencing a surge of new investment.

Bayou Meto Land, Slim Chickens Sold in Recent Seven-Digit Deals

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/27/2017 12:00 am

Agri land in Lonoke County, day care centers and a restaurant in Conway along with a car wash and undeveloped property in Saline County provide a six-pack of big-bucks transactions this week.

How Chinese Textiles Filled Sanyo's Old Role as Forrest City Hero

by Kyle Massey 11/27/2017 12:00 am

Forrest City was seeking a suitor for a massive shuttered factory. Shandong Ruyi Technology Group of China was looking for the right spot for its first U.S. facility, a vast yarn factory capable of consuming Arkansas' entire annual cotton crop.

Industrial Space Vacancy Rate Falls in Central Arkansas

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/27/2017 12:00 am

The total vacancy rate for industrial space in the central Arkansas real estate market fell to 9.6 percent in third-quarter 2017, compared with 10.6 percent in third-quarter 2016.

Arkansas Agriculture Looks to Tomorrow (Freddie Black Commentary)

by Freddie Black 11/27/2017 12:00 am

In about 30 years, our world will be home to nearly 10 billion people. Farmers will have to feed more people than they have in the previous 100 years. Farmers and ranchers will have to produce more food and fiber on the same or fewer acres than they do today.

Ross Whipple Branches Out, Logs Time Away from Boardroom

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/27/2017 12:00 am

Ross Whipple manages more than 120,000 acres of Arkansas timberland as chairman of the Ross Foundation and president of Horizon Timber Services Inc.

Tyson Foods: New Facility in Tennessee to Create 1,500 Jobs

by Associated Press 11/20/2017 10:23 am

Tyson Foods Inc. says it plans to build a new chicken production complex in Tennessee, a $300 million project that is expected to create more than 1,500 jobs when the facility begins operations in late 2019.

Switzer Siblings Square Off Over Delta Farmland

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/20/2017 12:00 am

The three children of former Dallas Cowboys coach Barry Switzer are fighting over the sale of 409 acres of farmland in western Arkansas County, just south of Humphrey.

Pulaski County Farmland Sells for $11.7 Million

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/20/2017 12:00 am

Farmland, a retail project, two apartment projects, two homes and an industrial property form a procession of Pulaski County million-dollar transactions.

Marijuana Insurance Buds in Arkansas

by Mark Friedman 11/20/2017 12:00 am

The moment last year that Arkansas voters approved the use of medical marijuana, Paul Dunn knew he wanted to sell insurance for the industry. But it won't be easy. The federal government still considers marijuana illegal.

Higher Waters Open Gates to Higher Flood Insurance Premiums

by Marty Cook 11/20/2017 12:00 am

For many Arkansans, the path to flood insurance goes through FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program–¬†and participation in the NFIP is dropping.

With Health Care, Allen Kerr Seeks Freedom from Fed

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/20/2017 12:00 am

Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Allen W. Kerr has over three decades of experience in insurance and financial services.

Economic Developer: Foreign Investment Key to NEA's Future

by Graycen Colbert Bigger 11/17/2017 04:16 pm

While economic development has benefited communities statewide, several high-profile foreign companies and a majority of the newly created jobs (1,000) are slated for northeast Arkansas. The companies include Shandong Ruyi Technology, Risever and Sediver.

Monsanto Asks Arkansas Judge to Halt Herbicide Ban

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/17/2017 10:00 am

Monsanto asked an Arkansas judge to halt the state's plan to ban an herbicide that's drawn complaints from farmers across several states.

Tyson Foods Reports Record Annual EPS, Acquisition

by Marty Cook 11/13/2017 10:02 am

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale reported on Monday fiscal 2017 income of $1.77 billion, which the company said represented a record earnings per share of $5.31.