Agriculture Archive

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.

Butch Calhoun Requests Assistance for Turner Grain Farmers

by Lee Hogan 8/26/2014 11:58 am

Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture Butch Calhoun has requested assistance from his national counterpart, Tom Vilsack, for Arkansas farmers and others in nearby states affected by the unraveling of Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley.

Farmers Wait for Turner Grain's Next Move

by Mark Friedman 8/25/2014 12:00 am

Some farmers doing business with Turner Grain apparently had only oral contracts with Turner, one agriculture expert says. That lack of formal contracts could complicate a Turner bankruptcy.

UAMS Gets $2.1M For Marshallese Health Study

by Mark Friedman 8/25/2014 12:00 am

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has been awarded a $2.1 million grant to attempt to reduce diabetes in the Marshallese community in northwest Arkansas.

Lonoke County Racks Up Million-Dollar Deals

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/25/2014 12:00 am

Farmland dominates this week's serving of large real estate transactions in Lonoke County.

Lonoke County Farmer Crystal Lewis Continues Family Tradition

by Lauren James 8/25/2014 12:00 am

At 25 years old, Crystal Lewis is the sole operator of a farm that is just shy of 1,400 acres, sandwiched between I-440 and the city of Scott, and a 400-acre farm outside of Carlisle. Lewis is one of just a handful of female farmers in the Natural State to do so.

Farmers Dismayed As New Farm Bill Dumps Direct Payments

by Rick Fahr 8/25/2014 12:00 am

The threatened end of cash subsidies to the nation's row crop farmers dates back through at least the last two iterations of national agriculture policy legislation. That threat became real, though, earlier this year when Congress passed the newest Farm Bill.