Agriculture Archive

Past Arkansas Rice Federation Chair Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/9/2016 10:17 am

Arkansas rice farmer Gary Sebree of Almyra was awarded the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award Thursday at the USA Rice Outlook Conference.

At Summit, Tyson Foods CEO Aims Focus on Tech, Hints at Acquisitions

by Sarah Campbell 12/8/2016 11:40 am

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale is well-positioned for growth and acquisitions are possible, incoming CEO Tom Hayes says during the Bernstein Consumer Summit in New York. "Be prepared for some great new products to be hitting the market," Hayes said. "Don't be surprised if we pull in an acquisition or two."

Procter & Gamble Executive Joins Tyson Foods Board

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/6/2016 03:24 pm

Jeffrey K. Schomburger, global sales officer for Procter & Gamble, has been named to board of directors of Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale.

Tyson Foods Launches $150M Venture Capital Fund

by Lance Turner 12/5/2016 11:35 am

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale said Monday that it has a launched a $150 million venture capital fund, called Tyson New Ventures LLC, as it seeks to invest in innovative food companies and technologies.

Arkansas Farm Bureau Announces Board Election Results

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/5/2016 10:03 am

The Arkansas Farm Bureau announced Monday that Randy Veach and Rich Hillman were re-elected Friday as president and vice president, respectively.

Arkansas Grown Announces Local Conversations Events

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/5/2016 09:40 am

The Arkansas Grown Program announced Monday that four free regional Local Conversations events, which aim to connect local farmers and producers with grocery store managers, chefs, restaurateurs and other consumers, are scheduled for January-February in Arkansas.

The Art of the (Cuban) Deal (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 12/5/2016 12:00 am

Fifty-plus years of the U.S. trade embargo against communist Cuba have failed to bring democracy to that island nation; instead, it's penalized Arkansas businesses who would benefit greatly by trade with Cuba.

Incoming Tyson CEO Tom Hayes Not Starting From Scratch

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/5/2016 12:00 am

Tom Hayes, who becomes CEO of Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale on Dec. 31, talks about the transition in this expanded version of Executive Q&A.

St. Louis District Economy Growing Modestly

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/30/2016 03:51 pm

Contacts in the Fed's St. Louis District, which includes all of Arkansas and parts of six other states, said economic conditions have modestly improved.

SMA of Jonesboro to Buy Blount's Aftermarket Parts Business

by Keith Inman, The Jonesboro Sun 11/28/2016 06:57 am

SMA of Jonesboro agrees to acquire certain assets of Blount International's TISCO aftermarket parts business. The deal solidifies SMA as the second largest distributor in the country.

Spartan Battles Bad Boy Mowers on Shared Turf in Batesville

by Jan Cottingham 11/28/2016 12:00 am

Maybe a thousand feet as the crow flies separates the Intimidator plant from the Bad Boy facility in the Independence County Industrial Park. And though Intimidator is the startup, it lays claim to the 1 Bad Boy Blvd. address; Bad Boy is at 102 Industrial Drive.

Tyson Foods' 4Q Profit Misses Expectations, Shares Fall 15 Percent

by Marty Cook 11/21/2016 12:28 pm

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale reports fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of $391 million, or $1.03 per share.

Former Hillshire Exec Tom Hayes to Become Tyson Foods CEO

by Marty Cook and Lance Turner 11/21/2016 11:08 am

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale said Monday that Tom Hayes, its president and a former executive with Hillshire Brands Co., will succeed Donnie Smith as CEO on Dec. 31.

Sun Also Rises for Former Deltic CEO Ray DIllon

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/21/2016 12:00 am

Since retiring last month as CEO of Deltic Timber Corp., Ray C. Dillon has been helping Shandong Sun Paper Industry JSC Ltd. of China with its plans to operate in Arkansas.

After High Feed Prices and Glutted Market, Catfish Farmers Hope Luck Is Changing

by Marty Cook 11/14/2016 12:00 am

Arkansas had nearly 38,000 acres devoted to catfish farming as recently as 2003, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service. In July, the statistics service reported that Arkansas farmers had scaled back operations to 4,900 acres.

Nearly 12 Billion Trees Counted in Arkansas

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/14/2016 12:00 am

The Arkansas Forestry Commission surveys the state's forests annually as part of the Forest Inventory & Analysis Program of the U.S. Forest Service.

Trustee: Turner Grain Transferred $100M to Related Firms

by Mark Friedman 11/14/2016 12:00 am

Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley transferred nearly $100 million to its related companies a year before it filed for bankruptcy protection, according to lawsuits recently filed by its Chapter 7 trustee.

Peco Foods Delivers $35M Boost for Corning's Bruised Economy

by George Waldon 11/14/2016 12:00 am

The opening of the Peco feed mill in Corning earlier this year broke a long dry spell of big industrial development news for Corning and provided a glimmering counterpoint to the closing of the 44-year-old L.A. Darling plant.

After Ray Dillon's $3M Exit, Deltic Timber Seeks a CEO

by Kyle Massey 11/14/2016 12:00 am

In the month since Ray C. Dillon retired as CEO of Deltic Timber Corp. — a departure seen as surprising and sudden — he and officers of the El Dorado company have had little to say about the transition.

ASU's Holly Hall To Head Kappa Tau Alpha (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/14/2016 12:00 am

Holly Hallis the incoming vice president and president-elect of Kappa Tau Alpha, a national college honor society that recognizes academic excellence and promotes scholarship in journalism and mass communication.