Agriculture Archive

Farm Bill Workshops Planned Across State

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/27/2014 12:00 am

A series of workshops on the federal Farm Bill will begin Tuesday in Jonesboro and continue through Nov. 20, the Farm Service Agency and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture have announced.

Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame Seeks Nominees

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/27/2014 12:00 am

The Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame is seeking nominations from the public for its 2014 class of honorees.

Bioenergy Push Spurs 2 New Wood Pellet Plants in Pine Bluff, Monticello

by Jan Cottingham 10/27/2014 12:00 am

Europe's increasing emphasis on renewable energy lies behind the announcements this summer that two companies plan to build wood pellet plants in Arkansas.

A Closer Look at the Dawson Farms Cycle

by George Waldon 10/27/2014 12:00 am

Dawson Farms offers a closer look at a year in the life of an Arkansas-grown sweet potato.

Sweet: ‘A Pure Arkansas-Flavored Investment' for Arkansas Teachers Retirement System

by George Waldon 10/27/2014 12:00 am

The Arkansas Teacher Retirement System, the state's largest pension fund, has invested about $73 million in 14,580 acres of cropland since it began building its roster of farm holdings four years ago.

Signs Show Way to Arkansas Wine Industry

by Marty Cook 10/27/2014 12:00 am

When it comes to state expenditures, $26,000 is not a huge outlay. That was the bargain rate for some highway signage Arkansas bought and erected to direct people to the state's wineries.

New Shipping Law More Miss Than Hit, Arkansas Wine Producers Say

by Marty Cook 10/27/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas' wine producers said Act 483, which went into effect in August 2013, puts the state wineries at a competitive disadvantage to out-of-state shippers. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Administration said 114 permits have been issued to allow shipping to Arkansas consumers, but only two permits have been given to a state winery.

Turner Grain Merchandising Files $25M Bankruptcy

by Mark Friedman 10/24/2014 02:09 pm

Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Thursday, listing $24.8 million in debts and $13.8 million in assets — the same amounts listed in a draft of the bankruptcy filed Oct. 14. Turner's filing lists $23.8 million of creditors holding unsecured claims.

Turner Grain Collapse Prompts Legislation

by Mark Friedman 10/24/2014 02:00 pm

The Arkansas Agriculture Department is working on legislation to prevent companies like Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley from suffering similar collapses that cost farmers millions of dollars.

University of Arkansas Alumna Gives $600k to Alma Mater

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/23/2014 03:56 pm

Hot Springs native and University of Arkansas alumna K. Denise Henderson is giving more than a half-million dollars to her alma mater.

Turner Grain Close to Filing $25M Bankruptcy

by Mark Friedman 10/20/2014 04:12 pm

Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley appears close to filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, according to a court filing made last week by the company's receiver. Turner's draft, filed by receiver Kevin Keech of North Little Rock, lists $24.8 million of creditors holding unsecured claims

PAC, Lobbyist Donations Nearing $1M in Contested State Legislative Races

by Lee Hogan 10/20/2014 11:39 am

Less than three weeks before Election Day, political action committees and lobbyists have already pumped more than three-quarters of a million dollars into contested state Senate and House races across the state.

16 Arkansas Public School Superintendent Jobs Top $200,000

by Gwen Moritz 10/20/2014 12:00 am

The list includes 247 current-year superintendents of public school districts and a few charter schools, and it ranks them by the total compensation package — salary plus benefits — paid to the superintendent of that school district in the 2013-14 academic year.

Top College Officials See Sizable Pay Raises

by Mark Friedman 10/20/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas Business reviewed the Administrator's Compensation Survey reports filed with the state Department of Higher Education for the 2010 and 2014 fiscal years. In the four-year period, the number of six-figure employees included in the report increased from 460 to 703.

Arkansas Agriculture Official Announces Retirement

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/16/2014 03:18 pm

The Arkansas Agriculture Department has announced the retirement of Secretary of Agriculture Butch Calhoun. Calhoun's retirement becomes effective Dec. 31.

The Mind of an Entrepreneur (Mitch Bettis Publisher's Note)

by Mitch Bettis 10/13/2014 12:00 am

On Oct. 24, Arkansas Business, in partnership with the College of Business at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, is hosting another Power Breakfast executive panel.

Fort Smith Awaits Word on Possible Federal Suit Over Sewer System

by Marty Cook 10/13/2014 12:00 am

The Fort Smith Board of Directors approved a resolution Oct. 7 to continue with the city's program to improve its sewer system.

UA Announces 4 Inductees For Business Hall of Fame

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/9/2014 10:30 am

Representing the Class of 2015 inductees into the University of Arkansas Business Hall of Fame are Millie Ward, Al Bell, Stephen L. LaFrance Sr., and Donald E. "Buddy" Wray, the UA said Thursday.

Turner Grain Executive Claims $5.5M in Debts, $2M in Assets

by Lance Turner 10/7/2014 11:36 am

Dale Bartlett of Marvell, president of Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley, on Monday filed a more detailed bankruptcy filing, listing about $5.5 million in debts and $2 million in assets.

Receiver Takes Control of Turner Grain

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/6/2014 12:00 am

U.S. District Court Judge James M. Moody Jr. named bankruptcy attorney Kevin Keech and his North Little Rock law firm to take control of what's left of Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley.