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State Approves $42M in Loans for Water Infrastructure Projects

Helena-West Helena, where the water system has failed twice in less than a year, will receive more than $11 million in funding. read more >
Agriculture & Poultry / Construction / Government & Politics / Real Estate

Governor Announces Review of State Levee System

Historic flooding in 2019 led to the creation of a levee task force, but it's unclear how many of the group's recommendations have been implemented. read more >
Banking & Finance / Business Services / Government & Politics / Investments / Legal / Manufacturing

State Does About-Face On ChinaLock Icon

Arkansas was one of numerous states that took part in a frenzy of activity aimed at bringing over Chinese companies to set up operations. But a new state law makes clear that such investments are now viewed with suspicion. read more >
Government & Politics / Legal / Manufacturing / Real Estate / Technology

State Reviews 2 Companies’ Possible Ties to China

Arkansas Department of Agriculture Secretary Wes Ward has asked Attorney General Tim Griffin to investigate two companies’ possible ties to the Chinese government under a new state law that bans […] read more >
Agriculture & Poultry / Nonprofits

NWA Farmers Receive Arkansas Grown Grants

The program offers $15,000 grants to eligible farmers in four counties. 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 >
Wes Ward, secretary of the Arkansas Department of Agriculture
Agriculture & Poultry / Government & Politics

Sanders to Reappoint Wes Ward as Agriculture Secretary

Ward, who is also a U.S. Marine Corps reservist, was first appointed to the position in March 2015 by outgoing Gov. Asa Hutchinson. read more >
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Agriculture & Poultry

State Confirms Avian Flu in Third Poultry Flock

The virus was found in a backyard flock in Arkansas County. read more >
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Energy / Government & Politics / Nonprofits / Tourism

Downtown Little Rock Partnership Hires 2 New Directors (Movers & Shakers)

Kyle Leyenberger is the new director of communications, and Tori Rogers is the new director of events. read more >
Agriculture & Poultry / Government & Politics / Restaurants & Food

State Finds Avian Flu in Madison County Flock

The state Department of Agriculture confirms a case of avian influenza on an Arkansas poultry farm in Madison County and is working to contain it. read more >
Agriculture & Poultry / Education / Government & Politics

Arkansas Department of Agriculture Launches New Website

This website aims to connect farmers, producers and schools with each other and allow them to form partnerships. read more >
Agriculture & Poultry / Government & Politics / Tourism

Arkansas Department of Agriculture Awards $1.8M to Fairs

The Arkansas Department of Agriculture recently provided nearly $1.8 million to fairs across the state. read more >
Wes Ward, Arkansas Department of Agriculture
Agriculture & Poultry / Government & Politics / Restaurants & Food / Retail / Small Business

Arkansas Grown, Arkansas Made Campaign Widens Its Pitch

The Arkansas Department of Agriculture is opening up its Arkansas Grown and Arkansas Made branding effort to all grower and producer members. read more >
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Agriculture & Poultry / Education

A-State College of Agriculture Receives $500K Grant

The College of Agriculture at Arkansas State University has been awarded a $500,000 Arkansas Meat and Poultry Processing grant to expand and improve laboratory space devoted to livestock research. read more >
Agriculture & Poultry / Government & Politics / Manufacturing / Restaurants & Food

Small Meat Processors in Arkansas Get $5M in CARES Grants

The Arkansas Department of Agriculture announces the recipients of the $5 million in funding provided by the Arkansas CARES Act Steering Committee and the Arkansas Legislative Council for the Arkansas Meat Processing Grant Program. read more >
Wes Ward, Arkansas Department of Agriculture
Agriculture & Poultry / Construction / Government & Politics / Manufacturing

Farming Industry Hopes Trade War Is Ebbing

Cautious optimism comes after moves made to normalize trade relations with China. read more >
Agriculture & Poultry / Government & Politics

State Department of Agriculture Announces $5M Grant Program

The Arkansas Department of Agriculture has received $5 million in federal CARES Act funding for its Meat & Poultry Processing Grant Program. read more >
The Buffalo National River in north Arkansas.
Agriculture & Poultry / Government & Politics

Governor Announces $2M in Grants for Buffalo River

Arkansas and private groups are putting aside $2 million for conservation and water quality grants within the Buffalo River watershed. read more >
Wes Ward, Arkansas Department of Agriculture
Agriculture & Poultry / Government & Politics

Wes Ward Wins VP at SASDA (Movers & Shakers)

Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture Wes Ward was elected vice president of the Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture at the annual conference in Fort Worth, Texas. read more >
Rusty Smith, who farms near Cotton Plant, says market uncertainty has made it hard to book a soybean crop for delivery.
Agriculture & Poultry / Government & Politics / Investments / Manufacturing / Transportation

Trump’s Tariff War with China Hits Arkansas Farmers HardLock Icon

President Trump's trade war with China is creating casualties in Arkansas. Soybean farmers have seen their exports to China plummet as prices have dropped 15%. read more >