Agriculture Archive

Arkansas Farm Bureau Sets Policy Summit for Little Rock

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/11/2016 11:19 am

The Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation on Friday announced the Farm Policy Summit, which takes place March 29-30 at the Embassy Suites in Little Rock.

Agriculture Industry Cites Need for Young, Tech-Driven Farmers

by Alexis Hosticka 3/10/2016 01:36 pm

The Arkansas Women in Agriculture conference, taking place Thursday and Friday at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in North Little Rock, focuses on providing a networking opportunity and education for its 130 attendees.

Otto Jech, VP of George's Inc., Dies at 86

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/9/2016 10:16 am

Otto Jech, executive vice president of George's Inc., has died at 86, the company announced Tuesday.

Drones: Farmers' Eyes Take To Arkansas Skies

by Jan Cottingham 3/7/2016 12:00 am

Drones have the potential to revolutionize agriculture in Arkansas, but the nature of that revolution remains unclear, farmers and those who work with them say.

You Can Make Nominations Now for Arkansas Business 40 Under 40

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/4/2016 07:00 am

For the 23rd consecutive year, Arkansas Business is seeking nominations for its 40 Under 40 program, which recognizes 40 professionals under the age of 40 who excel in their profession and are leaving their mark on the Arkansas business and nonprofit community.

EPA's Move to Ban Insecticide Belt Could Have Major Impact for Arkansas Growers

by Ryan McGeeney, UA System Division of Agriculture 3/3/2016 11:33 am

The Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday that it was seeking to cancel registration for a key insecticide used to combat crop-hungry pests such as fall armyworm and corn earworm.

Arkansas 1 of 10 States Selected by USDA for Employment Program

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/3/2016 11:29 am

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Wednesday that 10 states have been selected to take part in SNAP to Skills, a first-of-its-kind, peer-to-peer effort to help state agencies design improved employment and training programs for adults participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in order to help them find employment and ultimately move off the SNAP program.

MacArthur Commons Sells for $10.5 Million (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 2/29/2016 12:00 am

A 59-unit apartment project in downtown Little Rock weighed in at $10.5 million. MacArthur Commons LLC, led by David Thompson, bought its namesake project at 414 E. Capitol Ave.

Randy Veach Elected President, Chairman of Southern FB Life Insurance Company

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/26/2016 04:05 pm

Randy Veach of Manila has been selected as president and chairman of the board of Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company.

Deltic Timber Reports $100K 4Q Loss

by Alexis Hosticka 2/25/2016 09:44 am

Deltic Timber Corp. of El Dorado on Wednesday reported a $100,000 fourth-quarter loss as operating income in its manufacturing segment suffered from weak prices for wood products.

Simmons Bank to Lead Conference on Declining Delta Population

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/23/2016 04:08 pm

Simmons Bank will sponsor "The Arkansas Delta: Why It Still Matters," a conference on the future of the Arkansas Delta region.

OK Foods Acquires Production Plant in OKC

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/22/2016 04:38 pm

OK Foods, the chicken producer based in Fort Smith, announced Monday that it has closed on the purchase of a chicken production plant in Oklahoma City and that it would hire 100 new workers for a new fully cooked line at the facility.

Little Bird Systems of Fayetteville Puts 'Internet of Things' to Industrial Use

by Marty Cook 2/22/2016 12:00 am

Bryon Western and Edgar Cilio of Little Bird Systems bonded over taekwondo, work for chicken feed and love figuring out ways to work on the “Internet of Things.”

USDA Adds Zachary Taylor to Conservation Service (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/22/2016 12:00 am

Zachary Taylor has been named agricultural economist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service in Little Rock. He most recently served as director of marketing for the Arkansas Agriculture Department.

Melissa Beck: Agriculture A 'Perfect' Industry for Women

by Alexis Hosticka 2/18/2016 10:59 am

Ahead of Arkansas Women in Agriculture conference next month, Arkansas Business talks to Melissa Beck, the group's board president, about the state of agriculture and women working in the industry.

Whole Foods Market Looking To Tap Fayetteville Shoppers

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/15/2016 12:00 am

The Whole Foods Market set to open in Fayetteville on March 2 will include a beer and wine bar and a 1,500-SF, 16-tap taproom offering local brews from Core Brewing, based in Springdale, and Fossil Cove Brewing, based in Fayetteville.

Unemployment Falls in Arkansas Metros in 2015

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/15/2016 12:00 am

Unemployment in Arkansas' metropolitan areas has fallen significantly in the last year, notes Michael Pakko, an economist at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Arkansas Business Recognizes Finalists of 28th Annual Business of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/15/2016 12:00 am

Since 1988, Arkansas Business has honored the state's top executives, small businesses and nonprofits with the annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards. Readers make nominations and an independent panel of judges selects the winners.

Report: Jonesboro Weathered Recession Well, Leads State in Job Growth

by George Jared 2/12/2016 08:54 am

Jonesboro fared much better than other Arkansas cities during the economic downturn, and its job growth continues to be a standard-bearer in the Natural State.

Terry Walker Named Director of Arkansas State Plant Board

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/11/2016 10:48 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has appointed Terry Walker as Director of the Arkansas State Plant Board (ASPB), a division of the Arkansas Agriculture Department, as of January 16, 2016. Walker has been employed with the ASPB for 13 years and is a graduate of the University of Arkansas.