Agriculture Archive

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.

Top College Officials See Sizable Pay Raises

by Mark Friedman 10/20/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas Business reviewed the Administrator's Compensation Survey reports filed with the state Department of Higher Education for the 2010 and 2014 fiscal years. In the four-year period, the number of six-figure employees included in the report increased from 460 to 703.

Arkansas Agriculture Official Announces Retirement

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/16/2014 03:18 pm

The Arkansas Agriculture Department has announced the retirement of Secretary of Agriculture Butch Calhoun. Calhoun's retirement becomes effective Dec. 31.

The Mind of an Entrepreneur (Mitch Bettis Publisher's Note)

by Mitch Bettis 10/13/2014 12:00 am

On Oct. 24, Arkansas Business, in partnership with the College of Business at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, is hosting another Power Breakfast executive panel.

Fort Smith Awaits Word on Possible Federal Suit Over Sewer System

by Marty Cook 10/13/2014 12:00 am

The Fort Smith Board of Directors approved a resolution Oct. 7 to continue with the city's program to improve its sewer system.

UA Announces 4 Inductees For Business Hall of Fame

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/9/2014 10:30 am

Representing the Class of 2015 inductees into the University of Arkansas Business Hall of Fame are Millie Ward, Al Bell, Stephen L. LaFrance Sr., and Donald E. "Buddy" Wray, the UA said Thursday.

Turner Grain Executive Claims $5.5M in Debts, $2M in Assets

by Lance Turner 10/7/2014 11:36 am

Dale Bartlett of Marvell, president of Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley, on Monday filed a more detailed bankruptcy filing, listing about $5.5 million in debts and $2 million in assets.

Receiver Takes Control of Turner Grain

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/6/2014 12:00 am

U.S. District Court Judge James M. Moody Jr. named bankruptcy attorney Kevin Keech and his North Little Rock law firm to take control of what's left of Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley.

Sager Sells Allens Properties to Jim Bob Duggar

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/29/2014 12:00 am

Duggar paid $35,000 for about 20.4 acres from Sager Creek Vegetable Co. and $57,000 for a group of properties totaling more than 16 acres that includes rural land and several housing lots in Gentry and the Beauchamp Addition in Siloam Springs.

Vitamin Shoppe Leads Off Six-Pack of Million-Dollar Deals

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/29/2014 12:00 am

McCain Plaza LLC of Los Angeles bought the Vitamin Shoppe at 4300 McCain Blvd. in North Little Rock for $3.77 million from Quattro North Little Rock LLC of Oak Brook, Illinois.

Bank Branch Trio Generates $3.45M Sale (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 9/29/2014 12:00 am

Three former Metropolitan National Bank branches combined for a $3.45 million transaction. A 3-acre parking lot in west Little Rock is under new ownership after a $1.7 million deal. And a 50-room motel in Jacksonville changed hands in a $1.2 million deal.

Record Soybean, Rice Production Expected This Year in Arkansas

by Lee Hogan 9/25/2014 10:35 am

According to current U.S. Agriculture Department estimates, Arkansas will set new records this year in soybean and rice production.

'Jobs Now' Summit Examines Growing Skills Gap

by Mark Carter 9/24/2014 07:30 am

Ways to address a growing manufacturing skills gap was the focus of Tuesday's "Jobs Now: Arkansas Works When We Do" summit hosted by the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce.