Agriculture Archive

Bigger, Smarter Farm Machines Increase Productivity, Reduce Errors

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

Most tractors crisscrossing fields in the Arkansas Delta and elsewhere use technology that nearly renders a driver obsolete. Global Positioning System programs allow farmers to set up their tractors, combines and other vehicles to drive themselves across fields.

Exec Q&A: Randy Veach, Arkansas Farm Bureau President

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

Randy Veach is a third-generation farmer from the Lost Cane community (Mississippi County), where he grows cotton, rice, soybeans, wheat and corn on ground cleared by his grandfather and father. In addition to heading the state Farm Bureau, Veach is a board member of the American Farm Bureau.

State Agriculture Officials: Money at Stake in Turner Grain Could Reach $50M

by Lee Hogan and Lance Turner 8/22/2014 04:05 pm

Officials in Arkansas' agriculture industry think at least $20 million and possibly upwards of $50 million could be involved in the still-unfolding financial drama between Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley and the Arkansas farmers who could go without payment for their crops.

Judge Orders Turner Grain Not to Dispose of Assets

by Mark Friedman 8/22/2014 03:10 pm

A Lee County Circuit judge on Wednesday ordered Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley and its related entities not to sell any assets that might belong to a group of farmers who sued them.

Turner Grain Officers No Longer Principals in Related Company

by Mark Friedman 8/22/2014 11:35 am

Two of the top officers at Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley are no longer listed as principals in a related company, according to the National Futures Association.

This Week in Tyson: EPA Investigates; Hillshire Deal Delayed Again

by Lance Turner 8/21/2014 10:41 am

The Associated Press reports that the Environmental Protection Agency has started an investigation into Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale. In other news, Tyson has again delayed its purchase of Hillshire Brands.

8 Farmers File Fraud Lawsuit Against Turner Grain

by Mark Friedman 8/20/2014 12:50 pm

A group of farmers sue Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. for fraud, saying they haven't been paid for grains they sold to the Brinkley company. And Bruce Oakley Inc. of North Little Rock files an interpleader asking a judge to decide what to do with the $360,000 it owes Turner.

Last Chance to Nominate Candidates for Arkansas Business' 20 in Their 20s List

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/19/2014 11:42 am

Nominations are being accepted for the list of the state's most influential young professionals, "The New Influentials: 20 in Their 20s."

Bruce Oakley To Give Turner Grain Money To Judge

by Mark Friedman 8/18/2014 03:28 pm

A North Little Rock company plans to hand over money it owes Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley to a judge to decide how to divide it among Turner's creditors.

Agricultural Tourism Growing in Arkansas

by Associated Press 8/18/2014 07:32 am

Agritourism is growing in Arkansas as more farm owners open their gates to tourists and form a spiderweb-like network among several state agencies and nonprofit organizations.

Public Company Board Service Can Mean Lots of Work and Risk

by Gwen Moritz 8/18/2014 12:00 am

This week we list all directors of 19 publicly traded companies headquartered in Arkansas and the compensation they received for service on the boards in the most recent fiscal year. It's work that's “a whole lot harder” than it used to be.

Co-op Ozark Natural Foods Preps for Whole Foods Competition in Fayetteville

by Marty Cook 8/18/2014 12:00 am

When Whole Foods announced its plans in the spring to locate a store in Fayetteville, it elicited cheers from fans of the high-end grocery store and concern from supporters of Fayetteville's own organic Ozark Natural Foods, the state's only grocery co-operative.

Turner Grain Possibly Tilting Toward Bankruptcy

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/18/2014 12:00 am

Sources say Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley is on the verge of filing for bankruptcy protection.

Next Arkansas Governor Inherits Long-Time Delta Woes (AP Analysis)

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 8/17/2014 01:12 pm

The head of the Delta Regional Authority said a mouthful when he told a jobs conference last week that Arkansas' next governor would face a unique set of challenges after taking office in 2015. Unique? Yes. New? No.

Sources: Turner Grain Appears Headed to Bankruptcy, Losses in Millions

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/16/2014 06:53 pm

Our sources on the commodities beat tell us that Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley is on the verge of filing for bankruptcy protection. And the losses, two sources have told us, could be in the millions.

Minnesota Activists Join Fight Over Hog Farm Near Buffalo River

by Associated Press 8/15/2014 11:45 am

Twin Cities environmentalists have joined a campaign asking a food processing company to relocate its Arkansas hog farm.

Delta Plastics: H20 Initiative Will Cut Water Use by 20 Percent in Delta Region

by Lee Hogan 8/14/2014 12:50 pm

The world's leading manufacturer of irrigation polytube, along with several agriculture leaders in the region, have lofty goals to reduce irrigation water use in the Delta region by 2020.

Blue Rooster to Open Poultry Plant in Warren, Employ 100

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/13/2014 11:30 am

A company called Blue Rooster plans to open a poultry deboning operation and employ 100 people at 110 Industrial Park Drive in Warren, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission said Wednesday.

Tyson Foods Extends Hillshire Tender Offer As Feds Seek More Deal Details

by Lance Turner 8/13/2014 08:24 am

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale extends its tender offer for Hillshire Brands of Chicago as the U.S. Department of Justice seeks more details on the pair's $8.5 billion merger plan. Tyson Foods' original tender offer was set to expire on July 16. It has now been extended to Aug. 19.

Ristorante Capeo Lands A Familiar Name On Its Wine List

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/11/2014 12:00 am

After about a year of slicing through red tape, Ristorante Capeo in North Little Rock has landed wine from the Chateau Dassault winery in France. Dassault's wine is otherwise available in the United States only in New York and New Jersey.