Agriculture Archive

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.

Enrollment Continues Post-Recession Slump at Top Universities, Colleges

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

College enrollment in Arkansas topped out in the 2011-12 academic year, the second year of lottery scholarships when the state's unemployment rate was near its post-recession peak.

Professional Degrees Edge Doctoral in Earnings, Unemployment Rates

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

The education categories in the graphic reflect only the highest level of education attained. They don't take into account completion of training programs in the form of apprenticeships and other on-the-job training, which may also influence earnings and unemployment rates.

Employers Turning to Two-Year Community Colleges for Workforce Training Needs

by Marty Cook 5/11/2015 12:00 am

Workforce development has become a popular issue as industry leaders have said they have a hard time finding enough quality workers to fill their needs. It's a renewed focus of groups like the Northwest Arkansas Council, which recently announced a three-year plan to strengthen the area's workforce development and the ties between employers and schools.

Fort Smith Keeps Top Spot in Arkansas Tech Business Index

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/6/2015 08:45 am

Fort Smith retained the top spot in the latest Arkansas Tech Business Index, released Wednesday. It has led the index in 10 of the 14 months Tech has produced the ATBI.

Get Tickets Now to Arkansas Business Power Breakfast on Women Business Leaders

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/4/2015 10:48 am

Tickets are available to the next Arkansas Business Power Breakfast, which features experts who will share strategies on recruiting, retaining and inspiring women in the workplace to be leaders.

Hillshire Business Helps Drive Tyson Foods' 2Q Sales

by Lance Turner 5/4/2015 06:56 am

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale reported second-quarter net income of $310 million, up 45 percent from the same quarter last year as sales in its Prepared Foods division shot up after the company's purchase of Hillshare Brands last year.

Turner Grain's Dale Bartlett Receives Chapter 7

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/4/2015 12:00 am

Dale C. Bartlett has his Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization converted to a Chapter 7 liquidation — and not everyone's happy about it.

Holiday Inn Express Visited by $6M Deal (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 5/4/2015 12:00 am

A 138-room hotel in east Little Rock weighed in at $6 million. A 50-room motel in southwest Little Rock changed hands in a $900,000 sale. And a 1,843-SF Little Rock liquor store rang up a $297,929 deal.