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Pork firm invests $25M in meal kits

posted: 08/17/2017 2:03 a.m. Discuss

Smithfield Foods took its first steps into the meal kit market this week.

Arkansan signs letter urging caution in NAFTA talks

posted: 08/17/2017 2 a.m. Discuss

This week, more than 50 agriculture deans and academics in the United States signed a letter urging trade representatives to avoid changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement that would hamper trade. One of the signers was Mark Cochran, vice president for agriculture at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

Tracking food, farm to table, is co-op aim

posted: 08/13/2017 2:05 a.m. Discuss

CLINTON -- With the help of blockchain technology, consumers will soon be able to use their cellphones to scan packaged poultry products from Grass Roots Farmers' Cooperative and follow the route the products took from farm to fork, General Manager Cody Hopkins said.

Tyson sees fiscal year's profits on record pace

posted: 08/08/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Rising exports and the addition of prepared-foods company AdvancePierre kept Tyson Foods Inc. on course for record earnings in fiscal 2017, company officials said Monday.

Complaints on rise over black vultures, livestock predation

posted: 08/06/2017 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Black vultures have been a problem for Arkansas cattle ranchers for years. Notorious for attacking baby calves in the spring and fall, Arkansas wildlife groups say they get a significant number of calls each year about the big birds killing livestock throughout the state.

Tyson Foods streamlining its leadership

posted: 08/03/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Tyson Foods Inc. is "streamlining" and restructuring its leadership team for the second time this year, the company said Wednesday, in a move to increase its agility and decision-making speed following the June acquisition of AdvancePierre Foods.

Firm set to hire up to 78 at Arkansas plant

posted: 08/02/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

The $30 million that Simmons Foods Inc. has invested in a new factory in Siloam Springs is consistent with the company's recent moves to maintain its position in the pet and animal feed production market.

Apples still appealing for nostalgic few

posted: 07/30/2017 1:58 a.m. Discuss

Scott Gothard, of Armorel, doesn't claim what he does is profitable. Neither do other heirloom apple growers. He sees himself more as a fruit preservationist, who finds native apple varieties once lost to earth and time. So far, Gothard has grown more than 20 types of forgotten apple trees with Arkansas roots, including those dating back to the 19th century, such as the Arkansas Black, Tull and Shannon varieties.

Chicken producers weighing demand for slow-grow push

posted: 07/20/2017 2:12 a.m. Discuss

It’s no secret that chickens bred for meat grow really fast.

Small farm isn't eggs-actly easy

posted: 07/16/2017 2:12 a.m. Discuss

Saturday mornings find Kim Kapity patiently waiting at the Fayetteville Farmers Market -- wearing sunglasses, a bandanna, a name tag on a rolled-up-sleeves, button-down shirt, and sweating in the summer heat.






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