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Locally produced food finds a place at the table

posted: 05/20/2012 3:50 a.m. Discuss

Locally produced foods are finding their way into more and more restaurants and retail stores across the state.

Tyson beef unit breaks even

posted: 05/08/2012 2:49 a.m. Discuss

Tyson Foods Inc. on Monday said its struggling beef division broke even during the January through March period. The Springdale business said the performance of the segment — one of four — had been hurt by a national debate surrounding an additive in ground beef.

Warm weather launches farmers markets

posted: 04/29/2012 3:55 a.m. Discuss

Most of the state’s estimated 85 farmers markets will open by May, but a number of them have started selling earlier than usual, thanks to unusually mild weather — giving all such operations hopes of making this one of their best seasons.

Net loss widens at Arkansas Best

posted: 04/28/2012 3:02 a.m. Discuss

A weak first-quarter performance by Arkansas Best Corp. of Fort Smith was made worse by three one-time charges that represented 43 cents of a 71-cent loss per share.

P.A.M. profit a 1st in 5 years

posted: 04/26/2012 4:05 a.m. Discuss

P.A.M. Transportation Services Inc. on Wednesday reported its first profit in the first quarter in five years.

Farmers have till May 1 to settle

posted: 04/17/2012 2:52 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas dairy farmers have until May 1 to agree to a $145 million settlement with cooperatives across the Southeast and Dean Foods of Dallas, the country’s largest processor of milk.

Trucker reports 35% rise in profit

posted: 04/13/2012 3:26 a.m. Discuss

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. on Thursday said it achieved record firstquarter profit as growth came from its truck-to-rail and logistics segments.

Poultry jobs set for Fort Smith

posted: 04/07/2012 3:05 a.m. Discuss

OK Industries Inc. of Fort Smith said Friday that it will hire 182 workers over the next two months, a combination of recalled and new positions, to work in its poultry-processing plants in the area.

2 oppose Mexican chicken-leg tariff

posted: 04/04/2012 3:37 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas’ U.S. Sens. John Boozman, a Republican, and Democrat Mark Pryor were among 16 members of the upper chamber who asked U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk this week to oppose a proposed Mexican tariff on imports of chicken leg quarters.

Turbine plant’s opening delayed

posted: 04/03/2012 4:31 a.m. Discuss

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. announced Monday that it is indefinitely delaying the opening of a wind-turbine assembly plant in Fort Smith. The Japanese company had anticipated the creation of more than 300 jobs.

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