Agriculture Archive

Fort Smith Retakes Top Spot in Arkansas Tech Business Index

by Mark Carter 4/7/2015 09:36 am

The index is a comprehensive measure that provides a snapshot of economic activity in Arkansas cities. It encompasses a labor index, housing market index, construction index and retail sales index.

HR Director Michele Burns on the Soft Skills Employers Want

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/6/2015 12:00 am

Michele Burns is the state director for the Arkansas Society for Human Resource Management and is the director of classification and compensation with the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

In Northwest Arkansas, Boozman Talks GMOs, Bank Regulations, Highways

by Marty Cook 4/2/2015 09:35 am

U.S. Sen. John Boozman talks GMO labeling, banking regulations and the Federal Highway Trust Fund in meetings with northwest Arkansas political and business leaders Wednesday.

Tyson Foods Shutters Georgia Plant, Expands Another

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/30/2015 01:51 pm

Tyson Foods of Springdale announced Friday that it would shut down one Georgia poultry plant and scale back operations at another.

Shareholders Fight Over Sale of Livestock Farm

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/30/2015 12:00 am

Shareholders in a Bentonville poultry and livestock farm are suing its controlling shareholders to prevent the sale of the company's assets and to order an accounting of its expenditures.

Arkansas Labor Force Rises by 9,000

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/30/2015 12:00 am

As the unemployment rate in Arkansas is falling the size of the labor force is increasing, as these charts by Michael Pakko, the state's economic forecaster, show.

Arkansas Jobless Rate Down to 5.5 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/27/2015 09:47 am

The state's unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent in February, down a tenth of a percentage point from January, according to data released Friday by the state Department of Workforce Services.

Asa Hutchinson Names Mike Preston as New AEDC Director

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/26/2015 10:58 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday announced Mike Preston as the new executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

Arkansas Personal Income Up 3 Percent in 2014

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/25/2015 10:41 am

Arkansas' state personal income rose 3.1 percent in 2014, according to the latest report by the Bureau of Economic Analysis at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Arkansas State University to Hold Women's Business Leadership Conference April 2

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/23/2015 02:41 pm

Arkansas State University in Jonesboro is holding a Women's Business Leadership Conference on April 2 in Centennial Hall at the Carl R. Reng Student Union and at the Delta Center for Economic Development.

Allens' Successor Sager Creek Also Faced Financial Trouble

by Mark Friedman 3/23/2015 12:00 am

The company that bought Allens Inc. of Siloam Springs out of bankruptcy was just a week away from filing its own Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February, according to the trustee for Allens. Sager Creek Vegetable Co. “had significant cash-flow problems,” Allens' Chapter 7 Trustee R. Ray Fulmer II of Fort Smith told Arkansas Business.

Environmentalist Calls for Strict Oversight of Hog Farm Near Buffalo River

by Rob Moritz 3/20/2015 03:29 pm

Environmentalists must be vocal in their opposition to a hog farm near the Buffalo National River watershed because it's not only a potential threat to the pristine waterway but also the economy of the region, the chairman of the Pulaski County Ozark Society said Friday.

Patricia Woertz of Archer Daniels Midland Named Speaker for Bumpers Lecture Series at UA

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/20/2015 07:10 am

Patricia Woertz of Archer Daniels Midland Co. in Chicago is the speaker for the fourth-annual Dale and Betty Bumpers Distinguished Lecture Series, presented by the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas, the school announced Thursday.

Sibling Rivalry Contributed to Escalated Bidding in Dunklin Properties

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/16/2015 12:00 am

Sources say $85 million was the winning bid in the court-ordered auction of farming and hunting property spread across 15,881 acres in Arkansas and Jefferson counties.

Asa Hutchinson Taps Wes Ward for Ag Secretary

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/13/2015 05:16 pm

Ward, an Arkansas State University graduate, has degrees agricultural business and in agricultural and food law. He also served as a captain and civil affairs officer in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves.

Melody Kouchehbagh Joins UA Bumpers College Staff

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/13/2015 10:03 am

Melody Kouchehbagh has joined the staff of the University of Arkansas Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences as development and external relations coordinator, the school announced Friday.

Del Monte Foods Buying Sager Creek of Siloam Springs for $75M Cash

by Lance Turner 3/11/2015 09:51 am

The operations and assets of the vegetable company formerly known as Allens Inc. of Siloam Springs are set to change owners once again in a $75 million cash deal. Del Monte Foods Inc. of San Francisco says it has completed its acquisition of the assets of Sager Creek Vegetable Co.

Exec Q&A: Andrew Grobmyer of the Arkansas Ag Council on Cuba, Farm Bill and Immigration

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/9/2015 12:00 am

Andrew Grobmyer, executive vice president of the Agricultural Council of Arkansas, recently spent an hour discussing issues facing the state's agriculture industry, from the 2014 Farm Bill to how immigration reform is important to the state's farmers.

Ag Council Positions Include Farm Bill Complaints

by Rick Fahr 3/9/2015 12:00 am

State and federal legislators, regulators and policymakers need not wonder where the Agricultural Council of Arkansas stands on most any issue.

Arkansas Department of Agriculture Extends Century Farm Honor to Longtime Farm Families

by Rick Fahr 3/9/2015 12:00 am

Families who have owned and farmed their land for at least 100 years are eligible for an honor through the state Agriculture Department.