Agriculture Archive

Allens' Successor Sager Creek Also Faced Financial Trouble

by Mark Friedman 3/23/2015 12:00 am

The company that bought Allens Inc. of Siloam Springs out of bankruptcy was just a week away from filing its own Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February, according to the trustee for Allens. Sager Creek Vegetable Co. “had significant cash-flow problems,” Allens' Chapter 7 Trustee R. Ray Fulmer II of Fort Smith told Arkansas Business.

Environmentalist Calls for Strict Oversight of Hog Farm Near Buffalo River

by Rob Moritz 3/20/2015 03:29 pm

Environmentalists must be vocal in their opposition to a hog farm near the Buffalo National River watershed because it's not only a potential threat to the pristine waterway but also the economy of the region, the chairman of the Pulaski County Ozark Society said Friday.

Patricia Woertz of Archer Daniels Midland Named Speaker for Bumpers Lecture Series at UA

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/20/2015 07:10 am

Patricia Woertz of Archer Daniels Midland Co. in Chicago is the speaker for the fourth-annual Dale and Betty Bumpers Distinguished Lecture Series, presented by the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas, the school announced Thursday.

Sibling Rivalry Contributed to Escalated Bidding in Dunklin Properties

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/16/2015 12:00 am

Sources say $85 million was the winning bid in the court-ordered auction of farming and hunting property spread across 15,881 acres in Arkansas and Jefferson counties.

Asa Hutchinson Taps Wes Ward for Ag Secretary

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/13/2015 05:16 pm

Ward, an Arkansas State University graduate, has degrees agricultural business and in agricultural and food law. He also served as a captain and civil affairs officer in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves.

Melody Kouchehbagh Joins UA Bumpers College Staff

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/13/2015 10:03 am

Melody Kouchehbagh has joined the staff of the University of Arkansas Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences as development and external relations coordinator, the school announced Friday.

Del Monte Foods Buying Sager Creek of Siloam Springs for $75M Cash

by Lance Turner 3/11/2015 09:51 am

The operations and assets of the vegetable company formerly known as Allens Inc. of Siloam Springs are set to change owners once again in a $75 million cash deal. Del Monte Foods Inc. of San Francisco says it has completed its acquisition of the assets of Sager Creek Vegetable Co.

Exec Q&A: Andrew Grobmyer of the Arkansas Ag Council on Cuba, Farm Bill and Immigration

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/9/2015 12:00 am

Andrew Grobmyer, executive vice president of the Agricultural Council of Arkansas, recently spent an hour discussing issues facing the state's agriculture industry, from the 2014 Farm Bill to how immigration reform is important to the state's farmers.

Ag Council Positions Include Farm Bill Complaints

by Rick Fahr 3/9/2015 12:00 am

State and federal legislators, regulators and policymakers need not wonder where the Agricultural Council of Arkansas stands on most any issue.

Arkansas Department of Agriculture Extends Century Farm Honor to Longtime Farm Families

by Rick Fahr 3/9/2015 12:00 am

Families who have owned and farmed their land for at least 100 years are eligible for an honor through the state Agriculture Department.

Cuba Attitude Shift Holds Promise For Arkansas Rice and Poultry Farmers

by Rick Fahr 3/9/2015 12:00 am

Tangible progress under the Obama administration is opening the door for the United States and Cuba to normalize relations. If Congress votes to lift the trade ban, few industrial sectors stand to gain as much as agriculture in general and Arkansas rice and poultry farmers in particular.

Commodity Markets, Marketing Measures Take Leap Forward

by Rick Fahr 3/9/2015 12:00 am

When those in the agriculture industry speak of “marketing”, they aren't referring to computer-generated geckos hawking insurance or bikini-clad models posing with a low-calorie beer. They mean using information, technology and infrastructure to ultimately make their operation as profitable as possible.

Global Market Cuts Into Local Cotton

by Rick Fahr 3/9/2015 12:00 am

Supply and demand economics have indisputably affected the state's cotton crop in the past decade.

Forecasting The High-Tech Horizon

by Rick Fahr 3/9/2015 12:00 am

Over the years, I found myself growing better able to look at the thunderheads as they developed over White, Independence, Cleburne and Prairie counties and predict whether the rain would reach us or pass by. To be sure, beyond the local weather forecast, there wasn't a lot of technology brought to bear in regard to our meteorological concerns. Today's farmers, though, are using technology in a big way, and not just to study the weather.

More Rice, Fewer Farms

by Rick Fahr 3/9/2015 12:00 am

Farmers increasingly look to expand the scope of their operations by purchasing ground, entering into traditional rental agreements with landowners or forging managerial relationships. However the method, the result is that fewer farmers are farming more acres today than a generation ago.

Crop Prices Create New Lending Landscape

by Rick Fahr 3/9/2015 12:00 am

Starting in July, soybean contracts started downward, hovering between $9.60 and $10 per bushel for the rest of the year. Bumper crops certainly depressed prices and uncertainties tied to federal farm bill legislation didn't help either.

Row Crop Harvests Yield Record Numbers In Historic Year

by Rick Fahr 3/9/2015 12:00 am

The 2014 Arkansas row-crop harvest was a historic one in more ways than one. The state's farmers planted more rice acres than ever, and the rice, corn, cotton and soybean yields were the highest on record.

Specialty Chicken Roosts In Southwest Arkansas

by Rob Moritz 3/9/2015 12:00 am

A poultry company outside Arkadelphia has partnered with several southwest Arkansas counties to hatch, grow and process a “specialty chicken” popular in Asian markets across the western United States.

Farmers' Use Of Drones Up In The Air

by Rick Fahr 3/9/2015 12:00 am

In the ongoing conflict between conventional agriculture and emerging technologies, some innovations are finding favor while others confront hurdles.

Innovations Boost Water Conservation, Financial Savings

by Rick Fahr 3/9/2015 12:00 am

To be sure, the state's soil is tailor-made to grow rice, cotton, soybeans, corn and sorghum, but it is producers' ability to irrigate the vast majority of the state's farm acreage that helps guarantee a decent crop in even the worst drought years. When corn and soybean fields are withering in Iowa, Indiana and Missouri, Arkansas' crop thrives as irrigation systems provide a boost when necessary.

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