Agriculture Archive

Michael Kidd Named Poultry Federation's Industry Leader of the Year

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/17/2014 11:22 am

Michael Kidd, director of the Center of Excellence for Poultry Science and head of the Department of Poultry Science in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas, has been named the 2014 Industry Leader of the Year by The Poultry Federation.

Arkansan Dow Brantley Elected Chairman of USA Rice Federation

by Jan Cottingham 7/15/2014 03:23 pm

Dow Brantley, chairman of the Arkansas Rice Federation and a prominent Arkansas farmer, has been elected chairman of the USA Rice Federation.

Geovanni Leiva Brings Family Coffee from Guatemala to Leiva's Coffee in Sherwood

by Brandon Riddle 7/14/2014 12:00 am

Leiva's Coffee of Sherwood is brewing up a philosophy of generosity, combining homegrown coffee with a belief in helping the less fortunate. The way to accomplish this: offering coffee bean growers a greater percentage of profits to allow for reinvestment in underserved communities.

Wine Permit for Sassafras Springs Tops Grapevine of Beer & Wine Updates

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/14/2014 12:00 am

Sassafras Springs Vineyard in Springdale, owned by Gene Long and his wife, Cheryl, has been open since April 1, but it finally received its wine manufacturing permit from the state in May, though it isn't likely to start producing until the end of the year, Long said.

Population Rises in U.S. Poverty Areas, Arkansas Up Nearly 15 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/14/2014 12:00 am

One in four residents of the United States live in “poverty areas,” according to federal data. That's an increase from less than one in five in 2000.

Little Rock Zone MSAs See Modest Growth

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/7/2014 12:00 am

Employment grew modestly in the first quarter of 2014 in the Little Rock zone, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. The Little Rock zone includes all of Arkansas except the northeast.

Illinois Company Sour Over Fayetteville Distributor's Lack of Sugar Rush

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/7/2014 12:00 am

An Illinois company that was expecting nearly 35 million pounds of sugar by the end of 2015 was shocked when the Fayetteville supplier canceled the contract in April.

No Daily Report, E-newsletters on Friday

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/3/2014 10:01 am

Arkansas Business will not send the Daily Report or weekly industry e-newsletters on Friday, the Fourth of July. Arkansas Business Publishing Group offices will be closed Friday as well, reopening on Monday. ABPG wishes everyone a happy Fourth.

Tyson Foods Moving Forward with Hillshire Deal

by Marty Cook 7/2/2014 09:34 am

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale announced Wednesday it had signed a definitive deal to purchase Hillshire Brands Co. of Chicago for approximately $8.55 billion.

NLR Acreage Acquisition Approaches $2.7 Million (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 6/30/2014 12:00 am

More than 420 acres on the eastern edge of North Little Rock changed hands in a transaction valued at $2.69 million. The sale of two Citgo convenience stores added up to a $1.4 million combo deal. And a 7,460-SF industrial project in North Little Rock changed hands in a $450,000 sale.

Revised Figures Show Improved Rate for Arkansas Growth

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/30/2014 12:00 am

A government report earlier this month on gross domestic product included revised figures that affected data on Arkansas' growth rate back to 1997, according to Michael Pakko, the state economic forecaster.

Ending Hunger Will Require Compromise (Jo Luck Commentary)

by Jo Luck 6/30/2014 12:00 am

After more than two decades working alongside sustainable development experts at Heifer International, I am confident that world hunger can be eliminated with the appropriate approach and collaboration.

Burgundy Book: Slight Economic Improvement in Arkansas

by Mark Carter 6/24/2014 09:07 am

According to a May survey of business leaders in the state, the near-term outlook for the Little Rock zone improved slightly.

GDP in U.S. Grows 1.8% in 2013, Arkansas Sees 2.4% Rise

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/23/2014 12:00 am

Real gross domestic product grew 1.8 percent in the United States last year, a slowdown when compared with 2012, when GDP rose 2.5 percent.

Arkansas Business Presents the 40 Under Forty Class of 2014

by Gwen Moritz 6/23/2014 12:00 am

This week, Arkansas Business presents its 21st class of 40 Under 40 honorees. This year's honorees represent our state's geography — Pine Bluff, England, Jonesboro, Conway, Fort Smith, Rogers — and the diversity of our business community — farming, finance, medicine, academia, nonprofits.

Pay Tops $1 Million For Seven on Highest-paid Nonprofit Employees List

by Gwen Moritz 6/16/2014 12:00 am

Seven nonprofit employees in Arkansas who earned more than $1 million in the 2012 tax year are either medical doctors or hospital administrators, as are the vast majority of the 262 nonprofit employees whose compensation exceeding $215,000 is reported in this issue.

Jerry Bullard Named CEO of First Financial Bank of El Dorado

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/12/2014 10:03 am

Jerry Bullard, COO of First Financial Bank of El Dorado, has succeeded Steve Cameron as CEO of the lender, the bank said Thursday.

Tyson Foods Would Boost Prepared Foods in $8.5B Hillshire Deal

by Lance Turner 6/9/2014 11:32 am

Meat producer Tyson Foods Inc. has won a bidding war for Hillshire Brands, the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages and Ball Park hot dogs, with a $63 per share offer. Both Tyson and Pilgrim's Pride had been bidding of Hillshire. Pilgrim's Pride says it is withdrawing its offer.

Southwind Milling Co. to Build Rice Mill at Pine Bluff Port

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/2/2014 01:48 pm

Optimum Group says it will build a rice mill at 4215 Emmett Sanders Road at the Port of Pine Bluff. The plant, which will employ 25, will be running by February.

Oaklawn's Eric Jackson Sees Hot Springs Tourism Staying on Track

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/2/2014 12:00 am

Eric Jackson has worked in an administrative capacity at Oaklawn since 1978. In the 1980s, he helped develop the park's interstate full-card simulcasting with merged pool wagering system. Simulcasting of this type now accounts for 80 percent of wagering placed on horse racing in North America. He became Oaklawn's general manager in 1987 and has served on Oaklawn's board of directors since 1994.