Agriculture Archive

Kent Walker Artisan Cheese Rebounds After Disaster

by Jan Cottingham 3/17/2014 12:00 am

Six months after an equipment failure spoiled 2,500 pounds of carefully handcrafted cheese — his entire inventory, worth about $60,000 retail — Kent Walker is looking into the future, and, he says, it's bright.

Arkansas Business Seeking 40 Under 40 Nominations

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/14/2014 08:15 am

The 2014 class of 40 Under 40 honorees will be profiled in the June 23 issue of Arkansas Business. Included in this issue will be a listing of their accomplishments within their businesses, organizations and/or community.

Rick Thomason Named President, GM of Tyson de Mexico

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/13/2014 03:58 pm

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale promotes Rick Thomason to president and general manager of Tyson de Mexico.

Memco, M&M Poultry Break Ground on Springdale Warehouse, Distribution Center

by Lee Hogan 3/12/2014 09:01 am

Memco and M&M Poultry Equipment officials broke ground Tuesday on a warehouse and distribution center in the Springdale Industrial Park.

Peco Foods Announces Northeast Arkansas Plant, 1,000 Jobs

by Mark Carter 3/10/2014 10:02 am

Gov. Mike Beebe and executives from Peco Foods announce plans for a new $165 million poultry operation in northeast Arkansas that will employ 1,000.

Minimum Wage Proposals Spark Disagreement

by Mark Friedman 3/10/2014 12:00 am

Whether raising the minimum wage — a burning issue in the tourism and hospitality industries — will actually help all the people it's aimed at is a question of deep disagreement, even among experts. There does appear to be, however, consensus on the minimum conditions necessary to have a sustainable economy.

Acumen's Goal: To Own the Southern Lifestyle Marketplace

by Marty Cook 3/10/2014 12:00 am

In December, Acumen Brands of Fayetteville announced objectives for 2014 that one company executive called “insane.” The leadership wanted five new programs to keep the company vibrant and growing, among those programs “flash sales” and “Marketplace.”

Arkansas Restaurants Projected To See Sales Growth of 3.2 Percent This Year

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/10/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas is expected to see an increase of 3.2 percent. Arizona, North Dakota, Texas, Florida and Colorado will see the fastest restaurant sales growth this year, the association predicts.

UALR Lab Translates Big Data Into Dollars

by Jan Cottingham 3/3/2014 12:00 am

Humans are digitizing every aspect of life, translating every thought, every endeavor into something that can be read on a computer screen. This act of translation is creating infinite bits of new information — big data, to use the phrase popular in the world of technology.

Scott Farmland, Conway Office Depot Both Sold in Million-Dollar Deals

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/3/2014 12:00 am

A 377-acre agri spread in Lonoke County is under new ownership after a $3.85 million deal. Over in Faulkner County, an Office Depot rang up a $3.25 million transaction.

John Hugg, Jill Darling Named Top Executives at Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/26/2014 07:31 am

Each year, Arkansas Business Publishing Group sponsors the awards to honor businesses in three categories related to number of employees as well as business executives, nonprofit executives and nonprofit organizations in Arkansas.

Former Heifer President Luck to Speak at Bumpers Distinguished Lecture Series in April

by Lee Hogan 2/24/2014 09:21 am

Jo Luck, the retired president and CEO of Heifer International, is scheduled to be the featured speaker at the third annual Dale and Betty Bumpers Distinguished Lecture Series in April.

Delta Plastics CEO Dhu Thompson on Arkansas Naturally Being in the Middle of Manufacturing

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/24/2014 12:00 am

Before buying Delta Plastics of the South in November 1996, Dhu Thompson had been in the banking industry for more than 18 years, most recently as vice president and head of private banking of Bank One in Monroe, La. Delta Plastics employs more than 275, and its sister company, Revolution Bag, employs more than 25.

Central Arkansas Industrial Vacancy Rate Continues Decline

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/24/2014 12:00 am

The vacancy rate for industrial space in central Arkansas in fourth-quarter 2013 fell to 10.1 percent compared with 10.9 percent in third-quarter 2013 and 11.6 percent in the year-earlier quarter.

Peco Foods Poised To Unveil $165M Poultry Operation in Northeast Arkansas

by George Waldon 2/24/2014 12:00 am

Peco Foods Inc. of Tuscaloosa, Ala., will unveil plans for a new integrated poultry operation in northeast Arkansas that weighs in at more than $165 million. The development is viewed as the best manufacturing news in years for Randolph and Clay counties.

Arkansas' Manufacturing Sector Takes Baby Steps Back in 2013

by Marty Cook 2/24/2014 12:00 am

Kathy Deck, the director of the Center for Business & Economic Research at the University of Arkansas, said the state reported 155,100 manufacturing jobs in December 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The drop of 300 jobs from the 155,400 reported in December 2012 is a decrease of about 0.2 percent.

Creating an Engaged Workforce (John Hendon Commentary)

by John Hendon 2/17/2014 12:00 am

Employee engagement is simply a combination of job satisfaction, ability and a willingness to perform for one's organization at a high level and over an extended time. This combination of satisfaction, ability and willingness is more critical today than ever before in business.

Meet the Finalists of the 26th Annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/17/2014 12:00 am

Since 1988, Arkansas Business has honored the state's top executives, small businesses and nonprofits with the annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards. Readers make nominations and an independent panel of judges selects the winners.

Central Arkansas Office Space Vacancy Rate Slips

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/10/2014 12:00 am

The vacancy rate for commercial office space in central Arkansas fell to 11.5 percent in fourth-quarter 2013, compared with 11.9 percent in third-quarter 2013 and 11.8 percent in the year-earlier quarter. The national average in the fourth quarter was 15.6 percent, according to the Central Arkansas Commercial Data Exchange.

Fort Smith, Fayetteville Mayors See Need for Deeper Arkansas River

by Marty Cook 2/10/2014 12:00 am

Many mayors of Arkansas cities would like to see the Arkansas River's shipping channel deepened from 9 feet to 12 feet to facilitate more efficient barge traffic. Deeper water means heavier barges, and that means lower shipping costs, which means cheaper products for the rest of us.