Agriculture Archive

Natural Gas in Fayetteville Shale Takes Arkansas from Zero to Billions in 10 Years

by Michelle Corbet 9/15/2014 12:00 am

In the past decade, the players in the Fayetteville Shale have shuffled and consolidated, drilling has peaked and retreated, employment has expanded and contracted, technology has advanced, environmental and infrastructure concerns have reared their heads and government has responded.

Harvest Problems Crop Up in Turner Grain President's Bankruptcy Case

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/15/2014 12:00 am

Lee County farmer Keith Wilkison has asked for an emergency hearing in the personal bankruptcy case of Turner Grain President Dale Bartlett so Wilkison can harvest more than 400 acres in Lee County.

Rabo AgriFinance Inc. Files Suit Against Turner Grain

by Lee Hogan 9/11/2014 03:10 pm

An agriculture finance company has filed a lawsuit against Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley and its executives, alleging breach of contract and saying Turner owes it nearly $1 million.

Cargill Rejects Calls to Move Arkansas Hog Farm

by Associated Press 9/8/2014 04:26 pm

Minnesota-based food processor Cargill said Monday that it has no intention to shutter or relocate an Arkansas hog farm, despite concerns from environmentalists who say the operation poses a pollution threat to the nearby Buffalo River.

Mike Beebe Appoints 58 to Boards, Commissions

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/8/2014 02:58 pm

Gov. Mike Beebe announces 58 appointments to state boards and commissions.

USDA Agrees To Extension for Farmers Affected by Turner Grain

by Lee Hogan 9/8/2014 12:51 pm

The U.S. Agriculture Department announced last week it will grant an extension for Arkansas farmers, affected by Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley, paying back USDA loans.

Turner Grain's Jason Coleman Hires Attorney

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/8/2014 12:00 am

It looks like the defendants of Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley will begin to mount their defense.

Turner Grain President Dale Bartlett Files for Bankruptcy

by Lee Hogan and Mark Friedman 9/5/2014 01:47 pm

Dale Bartlett, president of Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley, filed for voluntary individual bankruptcy protection Friday morning estimating up to $10 million in debt.

UAEX Study: Flooding Results in $35.6M in Crop Loss

by Lee Hogan 9/4/2014 10:52 am

Flooding in east Arkansas has resulted in $35.6 million in lost crop value and more than 210,000 acres of affected farm land in 10 counties, according to a report released last week by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

Officials Uncertain '91 Bill Would Have Helped in Turner Grain Case

by Lee Hogan 9/3/2014 12:08 pm

Even if the 78th Arkansas General Assembly had passed a law in 1991 regulating grain dealers, some agriculture officials believe it wouldn't have prevented the losses threatened by the collapse of Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley.

Peterson: Witt Assured of Agriculture Panel Spot

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/3/2014 08:53 am

The top Democrat on the U.S. House Agriculture Committee on Tuesday said former Federal Emergency Management Agency Director James Lee Witt is assured a spot on the panel if he wins his bid for a south Arkansas congressional seat this fall.

Don't Miss Another Chance (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 9/1/2014 12:00 am

Through no fault of their own, a growing number of farmers — at least a dozen at last count — are spending time in lawyers' offices rather than in the field, crafting civil suits to claim whatever assets may ultimately be left when the dust settles on Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley.

Greenway Picks 7 John Deere Dealerships in $112M Buy

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/1/2014 12:00 am

Greenway Equipment Inc. of Newport purchased a string of John Deere dealerships in Grady, England, Pine Bluff, Bryant, Conway, DeWitt and Stuttgart.

Report: FBI Investigating Turner Grain

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/29/2014 01:21 pm

The Central Delta Argus-Sun newspaper in Brinkley is reporting that the FBI is investigating Turner Grain Merchandising Inc., the grain buyer that two groups of farmers have sued over defaults on payments.

Lonoke County Farmers Sue Turner Grain

by Lance Turner 8/28/2014 04:34 pm

Four farm companies in Lonoke County filed a sharply worded lawsuit Friday against Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley and its related companies that alleges fraud, theft by deception and breach of contract.

In Lee County, Judge Hears Details of Turner Grain, Related Companies

by Lee Hogan 8/28/2014 04:30 pm

A Lee County Circuit judge excuses a Dumas company from a blanket order issued last week in an attempt to preserve assets claimed by farmers who did business with Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley.

Tyson Foods, Hillshire Complete $8.5B Merger

by Lance Turner 8/28/2014 04:13 pm

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale on Thursday said it had completed its $8.5 billion purchase of Hillshire Brands of Chicago, a day after the companies reached a proposed settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice over antitrust concerns.

Tyson Foods, Hillshire Settle With Justice Department Over $8.5B Merger

by Lance Turner 8/27/2014 01:56 pm

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale and Hillshire Brands Co. of Chicago say they have reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division that, if approved, would allow the companies' $8.5 billion merger to proceed.

Labor Force Down Across State, Five Metro Areas in July

by Lee Hogan 8/27/2014 10:13 am

While the number of unemployed workers and the unemployment rate in Arkansas and its six metropolitan areas was lower in July than a year ago, the labor force was also down in Arkansas and in five metropolitan areas.

Video: Turner Grain Paid Farmer for Wheat But Not Corn

by Lance Turner 8/27/2014 10:09 am

Arkansas Business news partner THV 11 News takes a look at the still-unfolding Turner Grain Merchandising situation, talking to one farmer who says he's owed money by Turner for corn the company purchased.

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