Arkansas Business City of Distinction 2011

Arkansas AgBusiness takes a deeper look at some of the sectors that make Arkansas' agriculture industry such a dominant force. In doing so, we also celebrate some of the unique business leaders who are making their mark locally and nationally.

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Arkansas Farms Fat Targets For Cultivated Crime

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. read more >

Getting The Bugs Out Of Hardwood's Comeback

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. read more >

Innovations Boost Water Conservation, Financial Savings

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. read more >

Farmers' Use Of Drones Up In The Air

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

Specialty Chicken Roosts In Southwest Arkansas

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. read more >

Row Crop Harvests Yield Record Numbers In Historic Year

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. read more >

Crop Prices Create New Lending Landscape

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. read more >

More Rice, Fewer Farms

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. read more >

Forecasting The High-Tech Horizon

Over the years, I found myself growing better able to look at the thunderheads as they developed over White, Independence, Cleburne and Prairie counties and predict whether the rain would reach us or pass by. To be sure, beyond the local weather forecast, there wasn't a lot of technology brought to bear in regard to our meteorological concerns. Today's farmers, though, are using technology in a big way, and not just to study the weather. read more >

Global Market Cuts Into Local Cotton

Supply and demand economics have indisputably affected the state's cotton crop in the past decade. read more >

Commodity Markets, Marketing Measures Take Leap Forward

When those in the agriculture industry speak of “marketing”, they aren't referring to computer-generated geckos hawking insurance or bikini-clad models posing with a low-calorie beer. They mean using information, technology and infrastructure to ultimately make their operation as profitable as possible. read more >

Cuba Attitude Shift Holds Promise For Arkansas Rice and Poultry Farmers

Tangible progress under the Obama administration is opening the door for the United States and Cuba to normalize relations. If Congress votes to lift the trade ban, few industrial sectors stand to gain as much as agriculture in general and Arkansas rice and poultry farmers in particular. read more >

Arkansas Department of Agriculture Extends Century Farm Honor to Longtime Farm Families

Families who have owned and farmed their land for at least 100 years are eligible for an honor through the state Agriculture Department. read more >

Ag Council Positions Include Farm Bill Complaints

State and federal legislators, regulators and policymakers need not wonder where the Agricultural Council of Arkansas stands on most any issue. read more >

Exec Q&A: Andrew Grobmyer of the Arkansas Ag Council on Cuba, Farm Bill and Immigration

Andrew Grobmyer, executive vice president of the Agricultural Council of Arkansas, recently spent an hour discussing issues facing the state's agriculture industry, from the 2014 Farm Bill to how immigration reform is important to the state's farmers. read more >