Agriculture Archive

Phil Baldwin Tells Independence County to 'Dream Big'

by Alexis Hosticka 6/18/2015 03:12 pm

Through citizen involvement and a potluck of ideas, Independence County is aiming to leverage its strengths to improve its prospects in five key areas, including economic development. In doing so, Citizens Bank CEO Phil Baldwin is urging the county to aim high.

Report: Benton County Tops in US in Wage Growth

by Mark Carter 6/18/2015 09:07 am

The bureau measured the nation's 339 largest "jobs" counties, and Benton County's 9.9 percent wage growth from December 2013 to December 2014 was the highest in the U.S.

Mack's Prairie Wings Not Ducking Calls With New Jobs in Stuttgart

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/15/2015 12:00 am

Outdoor outfitter Mack's Prairie Wings of Stuttgart is adding up to 40 jobs as it brings its call center in-house.

Attorney Fees in Turner Grain Case Adding Up

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/15/2015 12:00 am

As Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. winds its way through Chapter 7 liquidation, attorneys have filed paperwork seeking fees of more than $200,000.

15 on Highest-Paid Nonprofit Employees List Earn $1M or More

by Gwen Moritz 6/15/2015 12:00 am

Research for this third annual list of the highest-paid nonprofit employees turned up 15 with total compensation in the seven figures, up from seven on last year's list.

New Heifer Position An Effort to Respond to Donors, Provide Accountability

by Jan Cottingham 6/15/2015 12:00 am

A year after Heifer International CEO Pierre Ferrari told Arkansas Business about the nonprofit's increased emphasis on measuring its impact, Heifer has created and filled a position to do exactly that.

Census Says Nonemployer Businesses See Growth

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/15/2015 12:00 am

The number of businesses without paid employees — known as nonemployer businesses — in the U.S. rose by 269,705 in 2013, to 23 million, a 1.2 percent increase, the U.S. Census Bureau says.

Children's Hospital Names Tamara Perry Director of Telemedicine (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/15/2015 12:00 am

Dr. Tamara Perry has been promoted to medical director of telemedicine at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock. Perry, who specializes in allergies and asthma, has been with the hospital since 2004. Shawn Harwell was also promoted by ACH to administrative director of telemedicine after five years of managing the hospital's media services.

How to Listen (It's Not Easy) (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

by Barry Goldberg 6/8/2015 12:00 am

Listening is hard. Like most things that we all do, there are levels of mastery that are only available to those who practice and train. Here then is a quick overview and some suggestions about how to become a better listener.

Staffing Agencies Struggle to Fill Jobs

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/8/2015 12:00 am

Bullhorn, a Boston company that provides software for the staffing and recruiting industries, in February released “The 2015 North American Staffing and Recruiting Trends Report.”

Independence County Receives $1.25M Economic Grant

by Lance Turner 6/6/2015 03:02 pm

The U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration has announced a $1.25 million grant to Independence County to be used for infrastructure improvements near a poultry feed mill.

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.