Agriculture Archive

Tyson Foods' 4Q Profit Misses Expectations, Shares Fall 15 Percent

by Marty Cook 11/21/2016 12:28 pm

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale reports fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of $391 million, or $1.03 per share.

Former Hillshire Exec Tom Hayes to Become Tyson Foods CEO

by Marty Cook and Lance Turner 11/21/2016 11:08 am

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale said Monday that Tom Hayes, its president and a former executive with Hillshire Brands Co., will succeed Donnie Smith as CEO on Dec. 31.

Sun Also Rises for Former Deltic CEO Ray DIllon

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/21/2016 12:00 am

Since retiring last month as CEO of Deltic Timber Corp., Ray C. Dillon has been helping Shandong Sun Paper Industry JSC Ltd. of China with its plans to operate in Arkansas.

After High Feed Prices and Glutted Market, Catfish Farmers Hope Luck Is Changing

by Marty Cook 11/14/2016 12:00 am

Arkansas had nearly 38,000 acres devoted to catfish farming as recently as 2003, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service. In July, the statistics service reported that Arkansas farmers had scaled back operations to 4,900 acres.

Nearly 12 Billion Trees Counted in Arkansas

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/14/2016 12:00 am

The Arkansas Forestry Commission surveys the state's forests annually as part of the Forest Inventory & Analysis Program of the U.S. Forest Service.

Trustee: Turner Grain Transferred $100M to Related Firms

by Mark Friedman 11/14/2016 12:00 am

Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley transferred nearly $100 million to its related companies a year before it filed for bankruptcy protection, according to lawsuits recently filed by its Chapter 7 trustee.

Peco Foods Delivers $35M Boost for Corning's Bruised Economy

by George Waldon 11/14/2016 12:00 am

The opening of the Peco feed mill in Corning earlier this year broke a long dry spell of big industrial development news for Corning and provided a glimmering counterpoint to the closing of the 44-year-old L.A. Darling plant.

After Ray Dillon's $3M Exit, Deltic Timber Seeks a CEO

by Kyle Massey 11/14/2016 12:00 am

In the month since Ray C. Dillon retired as CEO of Deltic Timber Corp. — a departure seen as surprising and sudden — he and officers of the El Dorado company have had little to say about the transition.

ASU's Holly Hall To Head Kappa Tau Alpha (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/14/2016 12:00 am

Holly Hallis the incoming vice president and president-elect of Kappa Tau Alpha, a national college honor society that recognizes academic excellence and promotes scholarship in journalism and mass communication.

Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Wes Ward on Bringing State Crops to World Market

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/14/2016 12:00 am

Wes Ward, 34, had no farming experience — and still doesn't — when he became Arkansas' agriculture secretary in March 2015.

Invasive Beetle Confirmed in 2 More Arkansas Counties

by Associated Press 11/10/2016 02:57 pm

An invasive beetle known for destroying ash trees has been discovered in two more Arkansas counties.

Medical Marijuana: A Fact of Life for Arkansas Employers (Stuart Jackson Commentary)

by Stuart Jackson 11/10/2016 09:57 am

Arkansas is the latest of many states to allow medical marijuana. What does the new law do, and how will it play out in the Arkansas workplace?

Arkansas Becomes First Bible Belt State to Approve Medical Marijuana

by Andrew DeMillo, Associated Press 11/9/2016 12:44 am

Arkansas voters handed marijuana advocates a significant victory by making the state the first in the Bible Belt to legalize the drug for medical use, and groups on both sides are now gearing up for fights over how to set up the program.

CDS Crime Cams Give Agencies Extra Eyes

by Sarah Campbell 11/7/2016 12:00 am

Cellular Data Solutions of Bryant announced last week that its new Crime Cam can send real-time video of a robbery at a business to the police.

Arkansas State Plant Board Awarded $227K Grant to Regulate Pesticides

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/3/2016 03:04 pm

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday announced that it has awarded a $227,359 grant to the Arkansas State Plant Board (ASPB) so that the board can continue to registration, distribution, sale and use of pesticides under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act.

Issue 3, Jobs for Arkansas: It's Local (Randy Zook Commentary)

by Randy Zook 11/2/2016 02:03 pm

Randy Zook says Issue 3 will arm Arkansas cities and towns — no matter the size — with the tools needed to effectively compete for jobs.

Repair Shop Claims Agri Exemption Over Overtime Rules

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/31/2016 12:00 am

The attorney for a Craighead County company that has been accused of not paying overtime to its workers said the business was exempt from paying overtime.

Online Recruitment Works If Done Correctly, Experts Say

by Sarah Campbell 10/24/2016 12:00 am

Automated job-match programs — like Monster, Indeed, Glassdoor, Career Builder, Dice and the state-run Arkansas JobLink — are still useful, but experts say employers have to use them smartly to get the best results.

Signs of the Times (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 10/24/2016 12:00 am

Most of us who have been in the workplace for a while have encountered the most frustrating kind of co-worker: the one whose hard skills are good, or good enough, but whose soft skills create tension.

No Surprise: Higher Pay Helps Attract, Retain Employees

by Mark Friedman 10/24/2016 12:00 am

All industries, from health care to manufacturing, have faced a shortage of workers. Kathy Deck, director of the Center for Business & Economic Research at the Sam M. Walton School of Business at the University of Arkansas, says increasing pay would be the first action she would suggest when companies can't find the right workers to fill positions.