Agriculture Archive

Petit Jean Meats Ventures South, West

by Austin DuVall 7/13/2015 12:00 am

Almost 90 years and four generations after Felix Scholsser started his first meat market, the ham, bacon and other products of Morrilton Packing Co. are gradually gaining an audience in far-flung places — southeast Arkansas, Texas and, through a private-label relationship with Whole Foods, as far away as Colorado and California.

Tear Down This Embargo (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 7/6/2015 12:00 am

Sen. John Boozman is sponsoring a bill that would enable Cuba to use credit to buy U.S. agricultural products, including Arkansas rice and chicken. And he's among the many Arkansans calling for the end of the U.S. embargo against Cuba.

Millennials Rising as Biggest Share of Workforce

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/6/2015 12:00 am

The millennial generation earlier this year passed Generation X to become the largest share of the U.S. workforce, the Pew Research Center says.

Growing Participation Means Longer List of Largest Trade & Professional Unions

by Austin DuVall 7/6/2015 12:00 am

The Arkansas Business list of the state's largest trade and professional associations is back after a four-year hiatus, complete with 15 new entries because of greater participation.

Agri-Drones Await Final FAA Rules

by Sean Beherec 7/6/2015 12:00 am

Two recent webinars hosted by a senior staff attorney at the National Agricultural Law Center at the University of Arkansas System's Division of Agriculture focused on the legal framework behind deploying drones for agricultural use.

Lawnly Goes Yard in Fayetteville With Uber Model

by Sean Beherec 7/6/2015 12:00 am

A new company, dubbed Lawnly, is now doing business in the northwest part of the state. The service is similar to Uber in that users log on to the Lawnly application and find someone willing to take the job in the area. It varies slightly because it uses actual lawn care companies, as opposed to individual contractors.

Woodland Heights Sells In $13.9M Transaction (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 7/6/2015 12:00 am

A 142-unit independent living center in Little Rock tipped the scales at $13.9 million. A nearly 1,150-acre farm in southeast Pulaski County weighed in at $2.25 million. And a 3,708-SF residence-turned-business in Little Rock's Hillcrest area changed hands in a $525,000 deal.

Scott Rowland of Magnolia Named New President of Forest Landowners Association

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/6/2015 12:00 am

Scott Rowland recently became president of the Forest Landowners Association, based in Atlanta and comprising more than 5,000 members. The association advocates for the rights of private landowners in regard to open markets for forest products and supports them regardless of size, corporate structure, location, certification or tax classification. Rowland will serve as the FLA's president until his term expires in June 2017.

Arkansas Launches Farmer-Veteran Initiative

by Mark Carter 7/2/2015 03:02 pm

The "Homegrown by Heroes Arkansas Grown" program merges the national Homegrown by Heroes program, started in Kentucky, with the Arkansas Grown initiative, which promotes Arkansas farmers and growers and their products.

Hutchinson Announces State Board Appointments

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/2/2015 09:29 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced the latest round of appointments to state boards, panels and committees.

Tyson Foods to Hire 90, Spend $8M to Expand Kentucky Plant

by Lance Turner 6/30/2015 09:21 am

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale says its poultry plant in Robards, Kentucky, will hire 90 additional workers as the meat processor spends more than $8 million to install a new freezer and work stations.

Slideshow: 40 Under 40 Honorees Recognized At Luncheon

by Alexis Hosticka 6/29/2015 12:00 am

The 2015 class of Arkansas Business' 40 Under 40 were honored at a luncheon at the Embassy Suites in Little Rock on Wednesday. Each honoree gave a brief acceptance speech and answered questions such as, “What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?” and “What do you want your legacy to be 20 years from now?”

Arkansas' Planted Cotton Acreage Sinks to Record Low

by Alexis Hosticka 6/25/2015 11:06 am

Arkansas' cotton acres are expected to sink to below 200,000 acres due to weather delays and depressed prices. The previous record low is 310,000 acres, set in 2013.

Burgundy Book Shows Transportation Industry Growth

by Alexis Hosticka 6/25/2015 09:34 am

More than half of businesses expect that economic conditions in 2015 will be better than in 2014, according to a survey in the Little Rock Zone of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Arkansas Business Presents the 40 Under 40 Class of 2015

by Gwen Moritz 6/22/2015 12:00 am

This week's Arkansas Business is dedicated to our 22nd class of 40 Under 40 honorees, those young leaders of business, government and nonprofits that our internal selection team believes readers need to know.

Kenny Gunderman Leads Buy of Acreage Near Wrightsville

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/22/2015 12:00 am

A nearly 1,150-acre farm in southeast Pulaski County and a 7,847-SF office building in west Little Rock are the dynamic duo for this week's seven-digit transactions.

The Value of Humility (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 6/22/2015 12:00 am

Interviewing our 40 Under 40 honorees remains for the Arkansas Business staff an interesting and often uplifting assignment despite years of experience. Reading the stories of so many productive people is a cure for cynicism.

Former 40 Under 40 Member Chris Olsen on Staying Evergreen in Business

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/22/2015 12:00 am

In partnership with his father, Chris Olsen bought the Doramus landscape company in 1996, changing the name to Horticare and selling it in 2005. In 2003, he opened his second home and garden store, Botanica Gardens. In May, Olsen opened Plantopia Home & Garden Center in North Little Rock.

UAPB Professor Named President of World Aquaculture Society

by Alexis Hosticka 6/19/2015 04:18 pm

Dr. Rebecca Lochmann, professor of aquaculture and fisheries at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, was inducted as president of the World Aquaculture Society during the organization's annual business meeting, held in Jeju, South Korea in May.

Arkansas Jobless Rate Steady at 5.7 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/19/2015 09:30 am

The state's unemployment rate was steady at 5.7 percent in May, according to data released Friday by the Arkansas Department for Workforce Services.