Agriculture Archive

More Rice, Fewer Farms

by Rick Fahr 3/9/2015 12:00 am

Farmers increasingly look to expand the scope of their operations by purchasing ground, entering into traditional rental agreements with landowners or forging managerial relationships. However the method, the result is that fewer farmers are farming more acres today than a generation ago.

Crop Prices Create New Lending Landscape

by Rick Fahr 3/9/2015 12:00 am

Starting in July, soybean contracts started downward, hovering between $9.60 and $10 per bushel for the rest of the year. Bumper crops certainly depressed prices and uncertainties tied to federal farm bill legislation didn't help either.

Row Crop Harvests Yield Record Numbers In Historic Year

by Rick Fahr 3/9/2015 12:00 am

The 2014 Arkansas row-crop harvest was a historic one in more ways than one. The state's farmers planted more rice acres than ever, and the rice, corn, cotton and soybean yields were the highest on record.

Specialty Chicken Roosts In Southwest Arkansas

by Rob Moritz 3/9/2015 12:00 am

A poultry company outside Arkadelphia has partnered with several southwest Arkansas counties to hatch, grow and process a “specialty chicken” popular in Asian markets across the western United States.

Farmers' Use Of Drones Up In The Air

by Rick Fahr 3/9/2015 12:00 am

In the ongoing conflict between conventional agriculture and emerging technologies, some innovations are finding favor while others confront hurdles.

Innovations Boost Water Conservation, Financial Savings

by Rick Fahr 3/9/2015 12:00 am

To be sure, the state's soil is tailor-made to grow rice, cotton, soybeans, corn and sorghum, but it is producers' ability to irrigate the vast majority of the state's farm acreage that helps guarantee a decent crop in even the worst drought years. When corn and soybean fields are withering in Iowa, Indiana and Missouri, Arkansas' crop thrives as irrigation systems provide a boost when necessary.

Getting The Bugs Out Of Hardwood's Comeback

by Rick Fahr 3/9/2015 12:00 am

After historically low prices kept loggers from removing hardwoods from Arkansas forests for many years, something of a hardwood rebirth began recently. However, at least one timber expert has predicted that market pressures may reverse that trend soon. A significant threat to the industry, however, is an old one — insect infestation.

Arkansas Farms Fat Targets For Cultivated Crime

by Rick Fahr 3/9/2015 12:00 am

As she pulled into one of her soybean fields during last year's harvest, Crystal Lewis could see something from the height of her combine that she hadn't been able to see from pickup level. In the middle of the field, the soybeans were gone. Missing. Vanished.

Tysons Give $5M to UA System Agriculture Division

by Marty Cook 3/2/2015 11:20 am

The Tyson family and Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale donated $5 million to the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

Nine Billionaires with Arkansas Ties Make Forbes 500 List

by Mark Carter 3/2/2015 10:33 am

Nine billionaires with Arkansas ties find themselves on the most recent Forbes 500 list of the world's richest people, released this week.

Turner Grain Trustee Asks for Chapter 7 Liquidation

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/2/2015 12:00 am

Acting United States Trustee Daniel Casamatta says keeping the company in Chapter 11 is just costing the company additional administrative expenses.

Cameron Smith, Karen Fetzer Named Top Executives at Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/27/2015 05:14 am

Cameron Smith of Cameron Smith Associates of Rogers and Karen Fetzer of the Rotary Club of Little Rock won executive of the year awards at Thursday's 27th annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.

Meet the Finalists of the 27th Annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/26/2015 11:37 am

Since 1988, Arkansas Business has honored the state's top executives, small businesses and nonprofits with the annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards. Readers make nominations and an independent panel of judges selects the winners.

George Dunklin the High Bidder in Auction of Arkansas, Jefferson County Land

by George Waldon 2/25/2015 11:32 am

George Dunklin Jr. was the high bidder at a court-ordered auction of his family's 15,881-acre farming and hunting holdings in Arkansas and Jefferson counties, sources tell Arkansas Business.

Auction of M.E. Black Farms Set for Tuesday

by George Waldon 2/23/2015 11:18 am

The countdown is under the 24-hour mark for the public auction of the M.E. Black Farms, expected by some to draw more than $50 million.

Walmart Foundation's Kathleen McLaughlin to Deliver 'Food for Thought' at UA

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/23/2015 09:47 am

Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and senior vice president for Walmart Global Sustainability, will provide a "Food for Thought" lecture at the University of Arkansas on March 3, the university announced Monday.

Arkansas Farmers Say Syngenta Tainted Grain Supply To Promote GMO

by Jan Cottingham 2/23/2015 12:00 am

At least a dozen Arkansas farmers have joined hundreds of farmers in 19 other states in almost 800 lawsuits against Swiss seed maker Syngenta over genetically modified corn seed, a case that has been widely reported in the media.

Syngenta Corn Case Draws Comparison to Riceland Lawsuit

by Jan Cottingham 2/23/2015 12:00 am

Three of the lead firms in the Syngenta litigation were involved in the $750 million settlement agreement in 2011 over contamination of the U.S. rice supply by Bayer AG's genetically modified rice. A number of Arkansas rice farmers received damages as part of the settlement.

Deer, Ducks Present Challenges at Conway's Cantrell Field

by Sean Beherec 2/23/2015 12:00 am

The geography of Conway's new airport does present some challenges, and maintaining a safe airport means considering all obstacles.

Turner Grain's Dale Bartlett Claims Ignorance in Company's Collapse

by Mark Friedman 2/16/2015 12:00 am

As his creditors' claims have grown exponentially, Dale C. Bartlett has sworn in bankruptcy court that he had no idea what caused the collapse last summer of Turner Grain Merchandising of Brinkley, the business he co-owned until a year ago.