Agriculture Archive

14 Most Expensive Home Sales of 2014 in Pulaski County

by Mark Friedman 6/1/2015 12:00 am

Seven-figure home sales in Pulaski County remained flat in 2014. During the year, 14 homes sold for $1 million or more, the same figure as in 2013. But 2015 could see more $1 million homes sold.

Collegiate Ag Programs Take Modern Turn

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

Even a generation ago, most “agriculture” students at colleges and universities studied the business concepts involved in operating a farm. They learned about depreciation and tax incentives. Those who followed expanded into the marketing arena, and those newly minted graduates introduced brokering and data-driven selling to the farm. Biotechnologists burst on the scene, and with them they brought genetically modified varieties of various crops.

Law To Boost Pilot Programs for Ag Schools

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

Specialized agriculture education in Arkansas will soon not be solely the purview of higher education. A measure approved in this year's legislative session will create a pilot program for “agriculture schools” in the state.

Tech Keeps Mechanics in the Know

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

Nearly 70 percent of the next generation of ag equipment technicians are learning their trade at places like Arkansas State University-Beebe.

ASU-Beebe Partnership Program Provides Technical Training, Promises Employment

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

Students are learning their craft in a sparkling public-private partnership that began long ago when one of the industry's heavyweights recognized a need for highly trained technicians who speak the language of John Deere Co.

Rice Quality Concerns Create Hurdles For Industry

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

Jim Mead, owner of Delta Grains, a seed and grain brokerage business near Jonesboro, was part of the vanguard in seed technology. In the 1980s, he was an integral part of Eagle Seed Co. in Weiner, a small but innovative company that developed new rice and soybean varieties. Now, he views the seed business from both sides.

Rains Slow State's Timber Operations, But No Shortages Predicted

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

Just as a wet spring can keep farmers out of their fields, standing water and mud can grind timber operations to a halt. Across the southern half of the state this spring, timber-cutting equipment has remained idle as poor weather has resulted in tightening mill stocks.

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.