Agriculture Archive

Tyson Foods' 2Q Profit Up 124 Percent, A Record

by Lance Turner 5/5/2014 07:17 am

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale on reports record second-quarter profit, which rose 124 percent to $213 million from the same time last year.

Incoming ASU Business Dean Shane Hunt Plans for A New Era In Business

by Luke Jones 5/5/2014 12:00 am

Shane Hunt won't officially start his new job as Arkansas State University's business dean until June 16, but he already has plans for future Arkansas entrepreneurs.

New Hires Saddle Up at Livestock Show Association (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/5/2014 12:00 am

Sherman Lites has been hired as livestock administrator by the Arkansas Livestock Show Association of Little Rock, and Will Hornburg has been hired as director of sales and promotions.

Chick-Fil-A Included in Six-Pack of Recent Million-Dollar Deals

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/5/2014 12:00 am

The latest installment of seven-digit deals kicks off with a 49,100-SF office building in west Little Rock and includes million-dollar manors and more.

VCC Climbs to No. 1 with Revenue of $607M

by George Waldon 4/28/2014 12:00 am

Business among the largest Arkansas general contractors was down as a group during 2013. Nine of the firms on this year's list of largest commercial contractors recorded revenue gains while 13 reported declines. Three firms reported no change.

Top 20 Arkansas Highway Projects Survive Fiscal Cliff as AHTD Pares Down Roster

by George Waldon 4/28/2014 12:00 am

Contracts totaling $100.4 million recently were awarded for 70 highway improvement projects around Arkansas. The dollar total could've topped $160 million if it weren't for the looming shadow of the Fiscal Cliff.

$100M Station in Central Arkansas Proposed Along Planned Wind Highway

by Luke Jones 4/28/2014 12:00 am

A $2 billion, 750-mile transmission line project has been altered so that Arkansans will benefit from the wind energy highway that will be built through the state in coming years.

Get Tickets for Arkansas Business Power Breakfast Panel on Boards of Directors

by Arkansas Business Editors 4/25/2014 04:29 pm

Arkansas Business presents a new event series called Power Breakfast. This program features experts who will share strategies for building an effective board of directors and being an impactful board member. The event will take place on Wednesday, May 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Embassy Suites in Little Rock.

Speaking at Farm Bureau Forum, Tom Cotton Defends 'No' Vote On Farm Bill

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/22/2014 03:59 pm

Republican Senate hopeful and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton defended his vote against the Farm Bill as he addressed the state's largest agricultural advocacy group on Tuesday, while U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor accused his rival of turning a "deaf ear" on Arkansas farmers.

Winter Weather Blamed for Deltic Timber's 27 Percent Decline in 1Q Earnings

by Gwen Moritz 4/21/2014 03:43 pm

Harsh winter weather conditions are being blamed for a 27.5 percent decrease in first-quarter profits at Deltic Timber Corp. of El Dorado, despite a 33.2 percent increase in revenue.

New Allens Inc. Owners Offer Big Plans with Siloam Springs

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/21/2014 12:00 am

Siloam Springs officials are trying to figure out how to help Allens Inc. efficiently dispose of wastewater generated by increased production at “Plant 1” outside the city limits.

April Beige Book Reports Overall Activity Down Across Arkansas, 8th District

by Mark Carter 4/16/2014 01:30 pm

The April book reports a net decrease in manufacturing activity across the district, a decrease in residential real estate activity, mixed results in commercial real estate, and a decrease in lending from district banks.

Deadline to Nominate for Arkansas Export Awards is April 30

by Mark Carter 4/16/2014 09:46 am

The awards honor Arkansas businesses that excel in the international marketplace, and will be presented at a Governor's Mansion luncheon on May 22. All Arkansas companies that sell in international markets are eligible to be nominated.

More Million-Dollar Homes Sold in Pulaski County During 2013

by Mark Friedman 4/14/2014 12:00 am

Seven-figure home sales in Pulaski County saw a slight increase in 2013. During the year, 14 homes sold for $1 million or more, which compares with either 12 or 13 in 2012.

Therma-Flite Planning $1.6 Million Expansion

by Luke Jones 4/14/2014 12:00 am

Therma-Flite of Benicia, Calif., is planning for an expansion of its El Dorado facility that's expected to cost up to $1.6 million.

Technology Drive Building Registers $11.7 Million Sale (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 4/14/2014 12:00 am

The sale of a 100,000-SF office building in west Little Rock weighed in at $11.7 million. A Maumelle mini-storage development tipped the scales at $1.64 million. And a former USA Drug project in southwest Little Rock changed hands in an $825,000 deal.

Jobless Rates Fall in All Arkansas Metros

by Mark Carter 4/9/2014 09:11 am

Unemployment rates dropped year over year in all seven Arkansas metropolitan areas surveyed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, according to data released Wednesday.

Lawmaker Jane English Helps Spur Workforce Training Reform

by Jan Cottingham 4/7/2014 12:00 am

State Sen. Jane English has no use for the private option, the Medicaid expansion providing health insurance to the poor. But the Republican lawmaker from North Little Rock saw an opportunity and took it, and what began as an old-fashioned political horse trade — you get my vote, I get something for my constituents — appears likely to evolve into a governor-backed legislative package that next year will seek to transform workforce training in Arkansas.

Nontraditional Benefits, Unusual Perks Growing In Popularity

by Luke Jones 4/7/2014 12:00 am

Increasingly, companies are looking to offer benefits that fall outside the normal range: flexible hours, paid lunches, ice cream on Fridays. These perks might not be mentioned in the company handbook, but they're becoming more important in attracting a new generation of employees and keeping the old ones.

Government, Wal-Mart, Tyson Foods Remain Atop Largest Arkansas Employers List

by Marty Cook 4/7/2014 12:00 am

The names of Arkansas' largest employers remain mostly unchanged from a year ago — and every year. State government is still atop the list with nearly 57,000 employees.