Agriculture Archive

Deltic Timber's Ray Dillon on Staying Smart When Branching Out

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/21/2014 12:00 am

Ray Dillon, who has led Deltic Timber Corp. of El Dorado since July 1, 2003, also works with both industry trade associations and community-oriented nonprofit organizations.

Michael Kidd Named Poultry Federation's Industry Leader of the Year

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/17/2014 11:22 am

Michael Kidd, director of the Center of Excellence for Poultry Science and head of the Department of Poultry Science in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas, has been named the 2014 Industry Leader of the Year by The Poultry Federation.

Arkansan Dow Brantley Elected Chairman of USA Rice Federation

by Jan Cottingham 7/15/2014 03:23 pm

Dow Brantley, chairman of the Arkansas Rice Federation and a prominent Arkansas farmer, has been elected chairman of the USA Rice Federation.

Geovanni Leiva Brings Family Coffee from Guatemala to Leiva's Coffee in Sherwood

by Brandon Riddle 7/14/2014 12:00 am

Leiva's Coffee of Sherwood is brewing up a philosophy of generosity, combining homegrown coffee with a belief in helping the less fortunate. The way to accomplish this: offering coffee bean growers a greater percentage of profits to allow for reinvestment in underserved communities.

Wine Permit for Sassafras Springs Tops Grapevine of Beer & Wine Updates

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/14/2014 12:00 am

Sassafras Springs Vineyard in Springdale, owned by Gene Long and his wife, Cheryl, has been open since April 1, but it finally received its wine manufacturing permit from the state in May, though it isn't likely to start producing until the end of the year, Long said.

Population Rises in U.S. Poverty Areas, Arkansas Up Nearly 15 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/14/2014 12:00 am

One in four residents of the United States live in “poverty areas,” according to federal data. That's an increase from less than one in five in 2000.

Agriculture Industry Seeks to Create 'Right to Farm'

by Associated Press 7/10/2014 01:56 pm

The emerging battle could have lasting repercussions for the nation's food supply and for the millions of people worldwide who depend on U.S. agricultural exports. It's also possible that the right-to-farm idea could sputter as a merely symbolic gesture that carries little practical effect beyond driving up voter turnout in local elections.

Ranchers Taking Advantage of USDA Disaster Program

by Associated Press 7/10/2014 01:20 pm

Farmers and ranchers who suffered heavy livestock and grazing losses over the last three years due to extreme weather have been quick to take advantage of newly available disaster relief funds, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday.

Federal Disaster Aid Sought for Arkansas Counties

by Associated Press 7/10/2014 01:18 pm

Members of Arkansas' congressional delegation are asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture for federal disaster assistance for farmers and ranchers affected by flooding.

Little Rock Zone MSAs See Modest Growth

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/7/2014 12:00 am

Employment grew modestly in the first quarter of 2014 in the Little Rock zone, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. The Little Rock zone includes all of Arkansas except the northeast.

Illinois Company Sour Over Fayetteville Distributor's Lack of Sugar Rush

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/7/2014 12:00 am

An Illinois company that was expecting nearly 35 million pounds of sugar by the end of 2015 was shocked when the Fayetteville supplier canceled the contract in April.

No Daily Report, E-newsletters on Friday

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/3/2014 10:01 am

Arkansas Business will not send the Daily Report or weekly industry e-newsletters on Friday, the Fourth of July. Arkansas Business Publishing Group offices will be closed Friday as well, reopening on Monday. ABPG wishes everyone a happy Fourth.

Tyson Foods Moving Forward with Hillshire Deal

by Marty Cook 7/2/2014 09:34 am

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale announced Wednesday it had signed a definitive deal to purchase Hillshire Brands Co. of Chicago for approximately $8.55 billion.

Survey: Midwest Economy Growing

by Associated Press 7/1/2014 09:23 am

The economy in nine Midwestern and Plains states including Arkansas should continue growing steadily in the months ahead, according to a monthly survey of business leaders released Tuesday.

Pinnacle Foods Scraps Sale Plans, Freeing Tyson to Acquire Hillshire

by Associated Press 6/30/2014 04:43 pm

Hillshire Brands Co. agreed to buy Pinnacle Foods for $4.23 billion in May. But Tyson and Pilgrim's Pride went after Hillshire two weeks later, and on June 9, Hillshire accepted Tyson's $7.75 billion offer.

Heavy Rains Flood East Arkansas Crop Lands

by Associated Press 6/30/2014 03:36 pm

Heavy weekend rains left many farmers in east Arkansas with flooded fields, and the water is so deep in places the ground won't dry out soon enough for them to replant.

NLR Acreage Acquisition Approaches $2.7 Million (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 6/30/2014 12:00 am

More than 420 acres on the eastern edge of North Little Rock changed hands in a transaction valued at $2.69 million. The sale of two Citgo convenience stores added up to a $1.4 million combo deal. And a 7,460-SF industrial project in North Little Rock changed hands in a $450,000 sale.

Revised Figures Show Improved Rate for Arkansas Growth

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/30/2014 12:00 am

A government report earlier this month on gross domestic product included revised figures that affected data on Arkansas' growth rate back to 1997, according to Michael Pakko, the state economic forecaster.

Ending Hunger Will Require Compromise (Jo Luck Commentary)

by Jo Luck 6/30/2014 12:00 am

After more than two decades working alongside sustainable development experts at Heifer International, I am confident that world hunger can be eliminated with the appropriate approach and collaboration.

Burgundy Book: Slight Economic Improvement in Arkansas

by Mark Carter 6/24/2014 09:07 am

According to a May survey of business leaders in the state, the near-term outlook for the Little Rock zone improved slightly.