Agriculture Archive

Bank Branch Count in Arkansas Dwindles After Mergers

by Gwen Moritz 11/3/2014 12:00 am

After reaching a peak of 1,513 in mid-2008, Arkansas' branch network had fallen to 1,388 as of this year's summary of deposits, which was released on Sept. 29. A net reduction of 54 branches happened in the 12 months that ended June 30.

Simmons Foods to Close Northeast Oklahoma Poultry Plant

by Associated Press 10/30/2014 07:39 am

An Arkansas-based poultry company has announced plans to close its processing plant in northeastern Oklahoma.

Temporary Hold Placed on Arkansas Hog Farm Permits

by Associated Press 10/29/2014 04:28 pm

Officials have put another temporary hold on new permits for hog farms near the Buffalo National River in northern Arkansas.

Weyerhaeuser CEO Doyle R. Simons Says Housing Stats On Path Out of the Woods

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/27/2014 12:00 am

Simons has been a director of Weyerhaeuser since June 2012. He was chairman and CEO of Temple-Inland Inc. from 2008 to February 2012, when it was acquired by International Paper. He held various management positions with Temple-Inland, including executive vice president from 2005 to 2007 and chief administrative officer from 2003 to 2005. Before joining Temple-Inland in 1992, he practiced real estate and banking law with Hutcheson & Grundy LLP of Houston.

Georgia-Pacific Leads List of Largest Forest Products Companies in Arkansas

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/27/2014 12:00 am

This year's list of largest forest products companies is little changed from last year. One company, however, ITW Shippers of Fordyce with 143 employees in 2013, fell off the list. It has been sold, according to a company employee, but the company failed to respond to repeated requests for information.

Arkansas Agriculture By the Numbers

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/27/2014 12:00 am

Agriculture accounted for $20,117,634,954 of value added to the Arkansas economy in 2012. Value added is the total of employee compensation, proprietary income, other property-type income and indirect business taxes.

Temple Grandin To Headline Four States Cattle Conference

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/27/2014 12:00 am

Temple Grandin, an animal scientist whose life story was profiled in an HBO movie, will be the featured speaker at the Four States Cattle Conference on Dec. 10 at the Four States Fairgrounds in Texarkana, the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture has announced.

Farm Bill Workshops Planned Across State

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/27/2014 12:00 am

A series of workshops on the federal Farm Bill will begin Tuesday in Jonesboro and continue through Nov. 20, the Farm Service Agency and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture have announced.

Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame Seeks Nominees

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/27/2014 12:00 am

The Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame is seeking nominations from the public for its 2014 class of honorees.

Bioenergy Push Spurs 2 New Wood Pellet Plants in Pine Bluff, Monticello

by Jan Cottingham 10/27/2014 12:00 am

Europe's increasing emphasis on renewable energy lies behind the announcements this summer that two companies plan to build wood pellet plants in Arkansas.

A Closer Look at the Dawson Farms Cycle

by George Waldon 10/27/2014 12:00 am

Dawson Farms offers a closer look at a year in the life of an Arkansas-grown sweet potato.

Sweet: ‘A Pure Arkansas-Flavored Investment' for Arkansas Teachers Retirement System

by George Waldon 10/27/2014 12:00 am

The Arkansas Teacher Retirement System, the state's largest pension fund, has invested about $73 million in 14,580 acres of cropland since it began building its roster of farm holdings four years ago.

Signs Show Way to Arkansas Wine Industry

by Marty Cook 10/27/2014 12:00 am

When it comes to state expenditures, $26,000 is not a huge outlay. That was the bargain rate for some highway signage Arkansas bought and erected to direct people to the state's wineries.

New Shipping Law More Miss Than Hit, Arkansas Wine Producers Say

by Marty Cook 10/27/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas' wine producers said Act 483, which went into effect in August 2013, puts the state wineries at a competitive disadvantage to out-of-state shippers. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Administration said 114 permits have been issued to allow shipping to Arkansas consumers, but only two permits have been given to a state winery.

Turner Grain Merchandising Files $25M Bankruptcy

by Mark Friedman 10/24/2014 02:09 pm

Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Thursday, listing $24.8 million in debts and $13.8 million in assets — the same amounts listed in a draft of the bankruptcy filed Oct. 14. Turner's filing lists $23.8 million of creditors holding unsecured claims.

Turner Grain Collapse Prompts Legislation

by Mark Friedman 10/24/2014 02:00 pm

The Arkansas Agriculture Department is working on legislation to prevent companies like Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley from suffering similar collapses that cost farmers millions of dollars.

University of Arkansas Alumna Gives $600k to Alma Mater

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/23/2014 03:56 pm

Hot Springs native and University of Arkansas alumna K. Denise Henderson is giving more than a half-million dollars to her alma mater.

Turner Grain Close to Filing $25M Bankruptcy

by Mark Friedman 10/20/2014 04:12 pm

Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley appears close to filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, according to a court filing made last week by the company's receiver. Turner's draft, filed by receiver Kevin Keech of North Little Rock, lists $24.8 million of creditors holding unsecured claims

PAC, Lobbyist Donations Nearing $1M in Contested State Legislative Races

by Lee Hogan 10/20/2014 11:39 am

Less than three weeks before Election Day, political action committees and lobbyists have already pumped more than three-quarters of a million dollars into contested state Senate and House races across the state.

16 Arkansas Public School Superintendent Jobs Top $200,000

by Gwen Moritz 10/20/2014 12:00 am

The list includes 247 current-year superintendents of public school districts and a few charter schools, and it ranks them by the total compensation package — salary plus benefits — paid to the superintendent of that school district in the 2013-14 academic year.