Agriculture Archive

$94K Federal Grant to Arkansas Group to Help Feed Needy

by Associated Press 6/8/2016 02:44 pm

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a $94,000 grant to the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance to help low-income Arkansans buy fruits and vegetables.a

Focus in Turner Grain Case Shifts to K.B.X.

by Mark Friedman 6/6/2016 12:00 am

Lonoke County farmers hope to recover the $5.5 million they lost dealing with Turner Grain Inc. from a company they claim worked closely with the Brinkley crop broker: K.B.X. Inc. of Benton.

You Can Go Home Again: More Young Americans Living With Parents

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/6/2016 12:00 am

Living with a parent is the most common living arrangement for 18- to 34-year-olds in the United States, the first time on record that that has been the case, according to the Pew Research Center.

KARN Journalist Gary DiGiuseppe Dies in I-430 Crash

by Kyle Massey 6/1/2016 10:51 am

Longtime central Arkansas journalist and newscaster Gary DiGiuseppe died in a fiery collision this morning on I-430, according to the Arkansas State Police and DiGiuseppe's colleagues at Cumulus Broadcasting and KARN news radio.

Packaging Specialties a Printing Success in Fayetteville

by Marty Cook 5/30/2016 12:00 am

Packaging Specialties VP Dan Nichols, 72, started working with PSI as an outside accountant when the company was founded by Hays Biggs in 1975. Twenty years ago, he left private practice to join the company as the vice president of financing.

2 Banks Join Arkansas Business' Largest Private Companies List

by Gwen Moritz 5/30/2016 12:00 am

The 75 largest private companies in Arkansas generated total revenue — self-reported and estimated — of $34.2 billion in their most recent fiscal years, up more than 4 percent in a year.

Trustee Charges Collusion in Allens' Case

by Mark Friedman 5/30/2016 12:00 am

The trustee in Allens Inc.'s Chapter 7 liquidation has accused some creditors of scheming to buy the Siloam Springs vegetable and food processor out of bankruptcy in 2014 in order to save themselves millions while leaving most creditors holding an empty bag.

Peco Foods Plant Bringing 1,000 Jobs to Northeast Arkansas

by George Jared 5/27/2016 09:32 am

In 2014, Peco Foods Inc. announced it was building a massive poultry processing plant in Pocahontas. That project is now nearing completion and is expected to spur economic activity in the area.

Senate Votes to Scrap Catfish Inspection Program

by Associated Press 5/26/2016 01:11 pm

The vote Wednesday came just after President Barack Obama visited Vietnam, a major exporter of catfish to the United States that has criticized the program. The Senate has approved by 55-43 a resolution that would void the regulations, if the House agrees and Obama signs on.

5 Companies Given Global Trade Awards, Trans-Pacific Partnership Touted

by Sarah Campbell 5/25/2016 09:10 am

Esterline Defense Technologies, CAT Squared, RH Preyda, Cobb-Vantress Inc. and Rock Town Distillery Inc. were recognized at an annual luncheon Tuesday.

Be Pro Be Proud Initiative Receives $80K in Investments

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/24/2016 02:37 pm

The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and the Associated Industries of Arkansas announced Tuesday its acceptance of a $50,000 investment from the Gene Haas Foundation and a $30,000 investment from Tyson Foods Inc.

Sweet Home Farm Bought for $4.5 Million

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/23/2016 12:00 am

A 1,145-acre farm in southeast Pulaski County, two mini-storage projects in North Little Rock and a 14,000-SF store in White Hall form this week's quartet of multimillion-dollar transactions.

Rice Planting Surges Ahead of 5-Year Average, Approaches Record Acreage

by Ryan McGeeney, UA System Division of Agriculture 5/19/2016 12:55 pm

Arkansas growers report having nearly 100 percent of planned rice planting complete. The state could potentially exceed 2010 record of more than 1.7 million acres of rice.

Arkansas Forestry Commission Announces New State Forest Manager Daniel Browne

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/19/2016 12:40 pm

The Arkansas Forestry Commission (AFC) has named Daniel Browne as the new State Forest Manager of Poison Springs State Forest (PSSF).

Applications For $2.5M In USDA Funds Due June 10

by Sarah Campbell 5/18/2016 01:33 pm

Arkansas farmers and landowners in 27 eligible counties have until June 10 to apply for $2.5 million now available through the USDA's Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) aimed at curtailing climate change.

Inside New Overtime Regulations, Traps to Avoid, How to Prepare (Stuart Jackson Commentary)

by Stuart Jackson 5/18/2016 01:22 pm

The U.S. Department of Labor published the final rule updating overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act. More than 50,000 employees and their employers in Arkansas will be affected. Here's how to prepare.

Net Income Up 40 Percent, Tyson Foods Raises Earnings Guidance

by Lance Turner 5/9/2016 10:06 am

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale on Monday reported a 40 percent increase in first-quarter net income and raised its guidance for fiscal-year earnings.

Those Meddling Kids (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 5/9/2016 12:00 am

Despite having daunting expenses, younger consumers seem less impressed with getting the lowest possible price. Instead, millennials are picky about what they spend money on.

Farmers & Merchants CEO Gary Hudson on Being a Delta Force in the Ozarks

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/9/2016 12:00 am

Gary Hudson is the president and CEO of Farmers & Merchants Bank of Stuttgart and a member of the Arkansas State Banking Board.

A New Infrastructure of Thinking (U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford Commentary)

by U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford 5/6/2016 10:43 am

The future economy will have different benchmarks critical to sustaining schools, businesses and our towns.