Agriculture Archive

Help Wanted: Cotton Immigration Measure Can Be Improved, Zook Says

by Gwen Moritz 4/3/2017 12:00 am

While Randy Zook, CEO of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas, applauds the RAISE bill's reform of the family reunification preference, he does not believe the proposal actually meets the needs of the economy.

Arkansas Industry Leaders Say Temporary Workers in Short Supply

by Gwen Moritz 4/3/2017 12:00 am

The RAISE Act that U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton introduced in February would slash permanent legal immigration, but it doesn't address at all the immigration issue that may be most pressing back home in Arkansas: temporary workers.

Jonathan Breedlove New Loan Officer for AgHeritage Branch in Dermott (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/3/2017 12:00 am

Jonathan Breedlove has joined AgHeritage Farm Credit Services as agriculture loan officer in the Dermott branch office.

Hergets Give Heights Icon New Chance

by Jan Cottingham 4/3/2017 12:00 am

The venerable Terry's Finer Foods in the Heights lives now as the Heights Corner Market, a rebirth greeted with relief by all who relied on Terry's for great meat, seafood, desserts and its selection of hard-to-find groceries.

DWS Director Daryl Bassett on Why Land of Opportunity Needs More Workers To Land a Job

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/3/2017 12:00 am

Before being named to lead the Department of Workforce Services by Gov. Asa Hutchinson in December 2014, Daryl Bassett served as director of Business & Commercial Services at the Arkansas secretary of state's office.

Governor's Data Analytics Commission Holds First Meeting

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 3/31/2017 01:12 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson kicks off the first meeting of his new Blue Ribbon Commission to Report on the Economic Competitiveness of Computing and Data Analytics in Arkansas.

Ecoark Names New CEO, CFO

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/30/2017 09:23 am

Ecoark Holdings Inc. of Rogers on Thursday announced the appointment of Jay Puchir as CEO and the election of former Walmart treasurer Charles Rateliff as CFO and treasurer.

Scott Stillwell to Lead Safety, Quality at Tyson Foods

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/27/2017 02:42 pm

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale said Monday that Scott Stillwell has been promoted to senior vice president of food safety and quality assurance.

Highland Pellets Haggling Over New Plant Site

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/27/2017 12:00 am

Hopes for a new wood pellet plant between Stephens and Camden are in the balance as the decision-making scale toggles between Arkansas and Mississippi.

Zombies Beware: Pine Bluff Is Rising

by Kyle Massey 3/27/2017 12:00 am

A growing army of developers and investors are on a mission of revitalization for the city of Pine Bluff.

It Seemed Like Such a Good Idea (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 3/27/2017 12:00 am

I've started to think that “It seemed like such a good idea” may be the American epitaph, and manipulating our diets wasn't even the start.

Ray Dillon Gets $4.9M Package in Final Year at Deltic

by Lance Turner 3/22/2017 11:12 am

Ray Dillon, the former president and CEO of Deltic Timber Corp. of El Dorado, received $4.9 million in total compensation in 2016, according to the company's proxy statement.

The Influencers: Laurence Alexander of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

by Kyle Massey 3/20/2017 12:00 am

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Chancellor Laurence Alexander, who took over Arkansas' only historically black state school in 2013, sees it as a bright spot in Jefferson County and beyond, as well as an economic engine.

Central Arkansas Water CEO Tad Bohannon Keeps Ratepayers Tapped In

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/20/2017 12:00 am

After practicing law for more than 20 years, Tad Bohannon was unanimously appointed CEO of Central Arkansas Water in January 2016. CAW, the state's largest public drinking water system, has an annual operating and capital improvement budget exceeding $64 million.

In Win for Solar, PSC Allows Grandfathering for Net Metering Customers

by Kyle Massey 3/15/2017 11:50 am

In a significant decision for solar energy, Arkansans who now get credit on their utility bills for electricity they generate at their homes and businesses will be able to continue at current rates for 20 years.

Nominate by Friday for Arkansas Business 40 Under 40

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/14/2017 11:14 am

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.

Disputed Contracts Place Procurement in Spotlight

by Kyle Massey 3/13/2017 12:00 am

Disputes over recent state contracts have put Republican lawmakers at odds with the Republican governor, angered potential vendors and muddied understanding on what businesses can expect from the process of awarding state work.

Class-Action Blue Diamond Settlement Challenged in Arkansas

by Mark Friedman 3/13/2017 12:00 am

A New York attorney said he is coming to Washington County Circuit Court later this month to challenge a class-action settlement against the makers of Blue Diamond almond products that he said is unfair to class members.

Keith Smith Takes Expanded Role in Family's Egg Business in Hot Springs (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/13/2017 12:00 am

Keith Smith has been named vice president of sales at Keith Smith Co. in Hot Springs.

Ritter Grain Operations in Marked Tree Sold to Poinsett Rice & Grain

by Gwen Moritz 3/7/2017 12:06 pm

Ritter Agribusiness of Marked Tree is exiting the grain services business, having sold its grain operations in Marked Tree and with plans to shut down a small operation in Craighead County at the end of the month.

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