Agriculture Archive

Seed Science Blossoms Into Big Business

by Rick Fahr 6/1/2015 12:00 am

In today's world of specific-trait, genetically modified and hybrid crops, those seeds are worth their weight (at least) in gold, and in the span of a generation, seed costs have increased exponentially, but in many cases the resulting crops offset that input cost.

Arkansas Weather Data: Five-Year Rainfall Amounts

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/1/2015 12:00 am

A look at historic rainfall amounts supports the idea that keeping harvests in September and October generally reduces the chance of weather impacting a crop.

FFA Officer Victoria Maloch Sets Precedent While Following Traditional Path

by Rick Fahr 6/1/2015 12:00 am

Magnolia native Victoria Maloch has been chosen to serve on the Future Farmers of America national leadership team. She is the first female from Arkansas to serve as a national FFA officer.

Government Not the First Rodeo for Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Wes Ward

by Rick Fahr 6/1/2015 12:00 am

Wes Ward hails from Lake City, and he has degrees in agriculture and agriculture and food law. He served on U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford's staff.

Farmland, Retail Property Highlight Recent Million-Dollar Deals in Lonoke County

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/25/2015 12:00 am

Farmland in south-central Lonoke County and a 6.7-acre office-retail development in Cabot compose our tandem of million-dollar transactions.

Grainster's Big Announcement Delayed Until Further Notice

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/25/2015 12:00 am

If you were holding your breath to learn what Grainster's “big announcement” was, you'll have to keep waiting.

Courtney Little Assumes Role as CareLink Chairman (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/25/2015 12:00 am

Courtney Little, president of ACE Glass Construction in Little Rock, has been named chairman of the CareLink board of directors. He replaces Stacey Duckett, who died in March.

Big Companies, Big Revenue: 75 Largest Private Companies in Arkansas Bring In $32.8B

by Gwen Moritz 5/25/2015 12:00 am

The 75 largest private companies in Arkansas generated total revenue — self-reported and estimated — of $32.8 billion in their most recent fiscal years, up nearly 7 percent in a year.

Arkansas Business Hall of Fame Seeks Nominations

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/21/2015 11:01 am

The selection committee for the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame is now accepting nominations for the 2016 class of inductees.

Tyson Foods Gives $500,000 to Walton Arts Center

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/21/2015 06:56 am

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale on Thursday donated $500,000 to the Walton Arts Center expansion campaign.

Arkansas' Top Exporters Recognized, Officials Call for Ex-Im Bank Renewal

by Mark Carter 5/19/2015 02:39 pm

At an awards ceremony recognizing the state's top exporters, Arkansas small business owners and an official with the U.S. Export-Import Bank called for the bank charter's renewal.

Affiliated Foods Bankruptcy Case Lingers with U.S. Bank Lawsuit

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/18/2015 12:00 am

Earlier this month, Affiliated Foods Southwest Inc. entered its seventh year in bankruptcy court. Affiliated Foods, once one of the state's largest private companies, reported $47.6 million in assets and $101.5 million in debt — $62.5 million of it unsecured — when it filed for bankruptcy on May 5, 2009.

An Honest Appraisal (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/18/2015 12:00 am

Our readers expect us to look out for them, to subject assertions to a critical eye and a skeptical heart. Business success requires enthusiasm, but it also requires honest appraisal.

TPA Promotes Job Creation (Randy Zook Commentary)

by Randy Zook 5/18/2015 12:00 am

Congress faces an important choice in the months ahead as it considers a bill to renew Trade Promotion Authority. TPA is vital because economic growth and job creation at home depend on our ability to sell American goods and services to the 95 percent of the world's customers living outside the United States.

Turner Grain's Bankruptcy Converted to Chapter 7 Liquidation

by Mark Friedman 5/15/2015 11:34 am

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Phyllis M. Jones approved a request Thursday to convert Turner Grain Merchandising Inc.'s bankruptcy case from reorganization to Chapter 7 liquidation.

VIC Portfolio Firm Develops Treatments for Poultry Bacteria

by Mark Carter 5/13/2015 10:01 am

Akeso Biomedical of Boston, a portfolio company of VIC Technology Venture Development of Fayetteville, announced Tuesday that it has licensed a new class of compounds to treat bacterial infections, including one transmitted to humans from chickens.

No More 'Night Market' This Year in Little Rock River Market

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/11/2015 12:00 am

The Little Rock Farmers Market's Tuesday market will return to morning to mid-afternoon hours once the Tuesday market opens on June 2. Last year's “night market” from 3-7 p.m. was an experiment that failed, said Diana Long, director of River Market operations.

Don't Believe the Hype (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 5/11/2015 12:00 am

What we've got here, in the immortal words of Strother Martin, is failure to communicate. When numbers get big, they sound impressive — a billion! a trillion! — but without context, they lose all meaning.

The Business Value of Listening (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

by Barry Goldberg 5/11/2015 12:00 am

There are reams of articles on listening, with approaches that vary widely. Most of what is required to listen, however, is to pay attention, remove distractions and remain fully present for the work in front of us.

West Memphis Moves Forward with $10.9M Rail Project

by Mark Friedman 5/11/2015 12:00 am

The city of West Memphis hopes to get the final approval by the end of this month to start work on a $10.9 million project to expand railroad infrastructure to service the city's port.

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