Agriculture Archive

7 Arkansas Companies on Fortune 500 List

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/5/2015 10:12 am

Seven firms based in Arkansas find themselves on the lastest list of Fortune 500 companies. Wal-Mart of Bentonville once again tops the list.

Riceland, Producers Rice Join to Take Stake in Sage V Foods in Little Rock

by Alexis Hosticka 6/4/2015 03:18 pm

Sage V Foods sold its interest in an instant rice production facility in Little Rock to Best Rice LLC, jointly owned by Riceland Foods and Producers Rice Mill.

Excerpts About Arkansas, Highlights From the Fed's 'Beige Book' Report

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/3/2015 02:49 pm

The following are excepts from the Fed's report on the St. Louis district, which includes all of Arkansas and parts of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee.

Saline County Home Sales Fuel Biggest Move on List of Top Real Estate Agencies

by George Waldon 6/1/2015 12:00 am

Baxley-Penfield-Moudy Realtors of Bryant made the biggest climb up the list, moving to No. 12 with sales volume of $107.4 million.

Climate Risks (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 6/1/2015 12:00 am

There are indications of a climate changing because of human actions that speak to those with an evidence-based mindset, indications meaningful because they affect people's livelihoods and careers. And when livelihoods are on the line, people tend to drop partisanship in favor of reality.

Presenting the 18 Most Expensive Home Sales in Northwest Arkansas

by Gwen Moritz 6/1/2015 12:00 am

A list of seven-digit home sales in the northwest corner of the state, Benton and Washington counties.

14 Most Expensive Home Sales of 2014 in Pulaski County

by Mark Friedman 6/1/2015 12:00 am

Seven-figure home sales in Pulaski County remained flat in 2014. During the year, 14 homes sold for $1 million or more, the same figure as in 2013. But 2015 could see more $1 million homes sold.

Collegiate Ag Programs Take Modern Turn

by Rick Fahr 6/1/2015 12:00 am

Even a generation ago, most “agriculture” students at colleges and universities studied the business concepts involved in operating a farm. They learned about depreciation and tax incentives. Those who followed expanded into the marketing arena, and those newly minted graduates introduced brokering and data-driven selling to the farm. Biotechnologists burst on the scene, and with them they brought genetically modified varieties of various crops.

Law To Boost Pilot Programs for Ag Schools

by Rick Fahr 6/1/2015 12:00 am

Specialized agriculture education in Arkansas will soon not be solely the purview of higher education. A measure approved in this year's legislative session will create a pilot program for “agriculture schools” in the state.

Tech Keeps Mechanics in the Know

by Rick Fahr 6/1/2015 12:00 am

Nearly 70 percent of the next generation of ag equipment technicians are learning their trade at places like Arkansas State University-Beebe.

ASU-Beebe Partnership Program Provides Technical Training, Promises Employment

by Rick Fahr 6/1/2015 12:00 am

Students are learning their craft in a sparkling public-private partnership that began long ago when one of the industry's heavyweights recognized a need for highly trained technicians who speak the language of John Deere Co.

Rice Quality Concerns Create Hurdles For Industry

by Rick Fahr 6/1/2015 12:00 am

Jim Mead, owner of Delta Grains, a seed and grain brokerage business near Jonesboro, was part of the vanguard in seed technology. In the 1980s, he was an integral part of Eagle Seed Co. in Weiner, a small but innovative company that developed new rice and soybean varieties. Now, he views the seed business from both sides.

Rains Slow State's Timber Operations, But No Shortages Predicted

by Rick Fahr 6/1/2015 12:00 am

Just as a wet spring can keep farmers out of their fields, standing water and mud can grind timber operations to a halt. Across the southern half of the state this spring, timber-cutting equipment has remained idle as poor weather has resulted in tightening mill stocks.

Seed Science Blossoms Into Big Business

by Rick Fahr 6/1/2015 12:00 am

In today's world of specific-trait, genetically modified and hybrid crops, those seeds are worth their weight (at least) in gold, and in the span of a generation, seed costs have increased exponentially, but in many cases the resulting crops offset that input cost.

Arkansas Weather Data: Five-Year Rainfall Amounts

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/1/2015 12:00 am

A look at historic rainfall amounts supports the idea that keeping harvests in September and October generally reduces the chance of weather impacting a crop.

FFA Officer Victoria Maloch Sets Precedent While Following Traditional Path

by Rick Fahr 6/1/2015 12:00 am

Magnolia native Victoria Maloch has been chosen to serve on the Future Farmers of America national leadership team. She is the first female from Arkansas to serve as a national FFA officer.

Government Not the First Rodeo for Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Wes Ward

by Rick Fahr 6/1/2015 12:00 am

Wes Ward hails from Lake City, and he has degrees in agriculture and agriculture and food law. He served on U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford's staff.

Farmland, Retail Property Highlight Recent Million-Dollar Deals in Lonoke County

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/25/2015 12:00 am

Farmland in south-central Lonoke County and a 6.7-acre office-retail development in Cabot compose our tandem of million-dollar transactions.

Grainster's Big Announcement Delayed Until Further Notice

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/25/2015 12:00 am

If you were holding your breath to learn what Grainster's “big announcement” was, you'll have to keep waiting.

Courtney Little Assumes Role as CareLink Chairman (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/25/2015 12:00 am

Courtney Little, president of ACE Glass Construction in Little Rock, has been named chairman of the CareLink board of directors. He replaces Stacey Duckett, who died in March.

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