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Jefferson Hospital Association Gets $844K Grant From USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it’s awarding a $844,812 Delta Health Care Services Grant to the Jefferson Hospital Association in Pine Bluff The funds will be used to […] read more >
Agriculture & Poultry / Health Care

Deadly Bird Flu Reappears in US Commercial Poultry Flocks

Agriculture officials consider this year's cases to be part of last year's outbreak, which reached the U.S. in February 2022 after spreading in Europe. read more >
Agriculture & Poultry / Government & Politics / Health Care

Feds Spread $1B for Tree Plantings to Reduce Extreme Heat

The tree plantings efforts will be focused on marginalized areas in all 50 states. read more >
Construction / Government & Politics

USDA Awards $16.9M for Broadband Project in Phillips County

The money is a portion of $700 million in grants and loans announced Monday for high-speed internet projects in rural areas of 22 states. read more >
Agriculture & Poultry / Construction / Government & Politics / Manufacturing

State Gets $5.6M USDA Grant to Strengthen Local Food Systems

Eligible entities include agricultural producers, processors, nonprofits, local governments, tribal governments and institutions. read more >
Agriculture & Poultry / Government & Politics / Restaurants & Food

US Beefs Up Campaign to Ensure Accurate Animal Welfare Claims on Meat, Poultry Packaging

Claims such as "pasture-raised," "humanely raised," and "raised without antibiotics" are increasingly popular with consumers and allow producers to charge a premium. read more >

US Approves Chicken Made From Cultivated Cells, the Nation’s First ‘Lab-Grown’ Meat

The move launches a new era of meat production aimed at eliminating harm to animals and drastically reducing the environmental impacts of grazing, growing feed for animals and animal waste. read more >
Pacific GeneTech Executive Chairman Louis Bowen, left, and CEO Tim Collard have licensed vaccine technologies from the University of Arkansas System.
Agriculture & Poultry / Business Services / Construction / Education

Animal Vaccine Maker Pacific GeneTech Ramps Up with HQ Plans

The company, which has licensed a line of vaccine innovations from the University of Arkansas System’s Division of Agriculture, is building offices, a research lab and a manufacturing plant in north Springdale. Its mission is to provide vaccine technologies to protect poultry, swine, ruminants, fish and, perhaps soon, people. read more >
Melony Stokes, senior director of programs for the UAMS Institute for Digital Health & Innovation
Education / Government & Politics / Health Care

UAMS Gets $1M Grant to Expand Digital Health Education, Training

The initiative is joint effort between UAMS, Jefferson Regional Medical Center and the Arkansas Rural Health Partnership. read more >
Red and white faced beef cattle on a farm. 
Agriculture & Poultry / Government & Politics

Meat Processors in Jonesboro, Hope are First Licensed by State

The program, which received federal approval last fall, aims to expand the market for cattlemen by allowing state-certified facilities to sell beef within the state. read more >
Agriculture & Poultry / Restaurants & Food

Bird Flu Costs Pile Up as Outbreak Enters Second Year

In addition to the cost of the government response that the USDA tallied up and rising prices for eggs, chicken and turkey, farmers who raise those animals have easily lost more than $1 billion. read more >
Construction / Energy / Government & Politics

USDA Loans $134M to Rural Electric Projects in Arkansas

The loans are a portion of $2.7 billion that the USDA is investing in 64 rural electric projects across the country. read more >
Agriculture & Poultry / Education / Government & Politics / Manufacturing

UA to Use $1M Grant to Design Robotics for Poultry Plants

A $1 million grant will help University of Arkansas researchers design robotics for use in poultry processing plants. read more >
Arkansas State University Chancellor Todd Shields announces on Jan. 17, 2023 that the university is moving forward with plans to start a veterinary school.
Agriculture & Poultry / Education

A-State Moves Forward With Veterinary School

University leaders plan to present a full proposal to the state Department of Higher Education in late July. read more >
Agriculture & Poultry / Education / Government & Politics

UAM Gets $3.7M for Climate-Smart Forestry Project

The project aims to plant to up to 600 acres of oak forests in three river-influenced areas of Arkansas. read more >
Paragould farmer Dustin Henson
Agriculture & Poultry / Government & Politics

Paragould Farmer Dustin Henson Joins United Soybean Board

Henson is one of 77 volunteer farmer leaders serving on the United Soybean Board from 29 states. read more >
The U.S. Department of Agriculture building in Washington, D.C.
Agriculture & Poultry / Government & Politics / Legal

Farmers of Color Sue Government for Promised Federal Aid

The lawsuit filed by Ben Crump, a Florida-based civil rights attorney known for representing family members of George Floyd and other Black people killed by police, stems from congressional approval of $5 billion in debt relief for thousands of farmers of color. read more >
They’re not so lovable in the wild. Arkansas game officials and landowners deal with feral hog pests across most of the state.
Agriculture & Poultry / Government & Politics

Feral Hog Control: 8 Years, Some Progress, $2.5B Damage/Year

Eight years into a U.S. program to control damage from feral pigs, the invasive animals with big appetites and snouts that uproot anything that smells good are still a multibillion-dollar plague on farmers, wildlife and the environment. read more >
The meat aisle of a Walmart store in Emporia, Kansas, in August 2022
Agriculture & Poultry / Government & Politics

USDA Says More Than $200M Will Help Meat Processors Expand

The effort is expected to increase cattle and pig slaughter capacity by more than 500,000 head a year. read more >
A technician installs fiber optic cables. Little River County, Arkansas has received a $2 million federal grant to build fiber optic cable lines to support broadband infrastructure. 

USDA Awards $18M for Rural Arkansas Broadband Projects

The funds are a portion of $759 million in grants and loans the USDA is providing to enable rural communities to access high-speed internet. read more >