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Bird flu found at 2nd farm near earlier Tennessee case

posted: 03/17/2017 1:58 a.m. Discuss

A second case of bird flu in Tennessee has been reported at a chicken farm, heightening the threat of the disease in the southeastern U.S., the country's biggest poultry region.

Member defends position on board

posted: 03/09/2017 2:07 a.m. Comments 2

Jammy Turner, a member of the state Plant Board, doesn't consider himself a full-time farmer but believes he is qualified for the particular position he holds.

Wheat's cousin is sowing interest

posted: 03/08/2017 2:11 a.m. Discuss

A sweet, nutty-tasting new grain called Kernza is getting help from food giant General Mills, which is intrigued by the potentially big environmental benefits of the drought-resistant crop with long roots that doesn't need to be replanted every year.

Business news in brief

updated: 02/23/2017 2:01 a.m. Discuss

Pesticide collection set for 10 counties

Harvests hit by bad weather, bugs, olive oil prices to go up

posted: 02/22/2017 2:08 a.m. Discuss

From specialty shops in Rome to supermarkets around the world, lovers of Italian olive oil are in for some sticker shock this year, with prices set to jump by as much as 20 percent.

Farmhand crunch leads grower to increase pay

posted: 02/11/2017 1:46 a.m. Discuss

The biggest fresh garlic producer in the nation is giving its employees a hefty raise, reflecting the desperation of farmers to attract a dwindling number of farmworkers.

U.S. trade-pact step, veiling of research worry state farmers

posted: 01/25/2017 2:03 a.m. Discuss

The first few days of President Donald Trump's administration have left the agriculture industry in Arkansas anxious about the future of trade policy and access to scientific agricultural research data.

After pesticide drift, Arkansas lawmakers advance dicamba restrictions

posted: 01/18/2017 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

A legislative panel on Tuesday signed off on new restrictions by the state Plant Board for dicamba-based herbicides that can be used on crops this year.

Rise in wheat price germinating

posted: 01/11/2017 2:02 a.m. Discuss

Wheat is the weed that feeds. The grain-yielding grass is such a hardy plant that it is grown on more land than any other crop in the world. After four straight seasons of record harvests, bins are bulging from Kansas to Western Australia and prices are near the lowest in a decade.

Vote at Monsanto OKs Bayer merger

posted: 12/14/2016 2:10 a.m. Discuss

Monsanto Co. shareholders on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a $57 billion merger with Bayer AG, a deal that would combine two of the world's biggest agricultural companies.

Told Trump trade is vital, Hutchinson says

posted: 12/01/2016 2:13 a.m. Comment 1

Gov. Asa Hutchinson told a few hundred Arkansas farmers Wednesday he had a "good conversation" Monday night with President-elect Donald Trump and helped make him aware of the importance to farmers of agricultural exports.

EPA lets dicamba variant be sold

posted: 11/10/2016 2:24 a.m. Discuss

The federal Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday approved the release of a herbicide badly needed this past growing season by thousands of cotton and soybean farmers.

Turner Grain two, Brinkley farmer set to settle grain case

posted: 10/22/2016 1:48 a.m. Discuss

All sides in a lawsuit involving Dale Bartlett, a co-owner of bankrupt Turner Grain Merchandising in Brinkley, have agreed to settle, according to a motion filed Friday in the Helena-West Helena division of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

Soybean boom in Brazilian region goes bust with drought

posted: 10/16/2016 2:03 a.m. Discuss

It was advertised as Brazil's "new frontier," the vast savanna running alongside the Amazon jungle that would help meet China's insatiable demand for food. The farmers of Brazil heeded that call, razing trees, plowing virgin land and planting soybeans at a frenetic pace for much of the past decade.

Agency's estimates for harvests in state fair, but no records

posted: 10/13/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas farmers are seeing decent but not record-setting yields on most of their crops this harvest, according to numbers released Wednesday by the statistical arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.






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