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Where Arkansas and Louisiana meet, economy trumps rivalries

posted: 05/21/2017 2:12 a.m. Discuss

MONTICELLO -- A rail line of only 90 miles would seem to be an apt metaphor for the tough times experienced over the past several decades by those in southeast Arkansas and northeast Louisiana.

Rains' toll on Arkansas crops estimated at $175M

posted: 05/18/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Heavy rains in late April and floods in early May cost farmers $175 million, with rice farmers being hit the hardest, according to the latest estimates by the University of Arkansas System's Agriculture Division.

Arkansas Plant Board backs stiff dicamba fines

posted: 05/18/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The state Plant Board on Wednesday approved the framework for allowing fines of up to $25,000 for the most serious cases of illegal spraying of dicamba and other herbicides.

Chinese plan to bring up to 800 jobs to Arkansas

posted: 05/11/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 13

A Chinese textile manufacturer will hire up to 800 workers at a new plant in Forrest City while also promoting Arkansas-grown cotton, Gov. Asa Hutchinson and leaders of the company announced Wednesday.

In grain lawsuit, trial put on hold

posted: 05/05/2017 1:59 a.m. Discuss

LONOKE -- A circuit judge in Lonoke County on Thursday granted a delay in the trial of a lawsuit filed by rice farmers in the wake of the collapse nearly three years ago of Turner Grain Merchandising Inc.

Accused in grain suit now 7 fewer

posted: 05/04/2017 2:10 a.m. Discuss

Pretrial motions will continue today in Lonoke County Circuit Court, minus one person and six entities that were defendants in the original lawsuit filed by rice farmers who were owed money in the August 2014 collapse of Turner Grain Merchandising Inc.

As rains fall, state farmers' anxiety up

posted: 05/02/2017 2:01 a.m. Discuss

This year's growing season is already too much like last year's and, for farmer Jerry Morgan Jr. and many other farmers, that's not a good thing.

Show evidence, grain-firm suers told

posted: 04/28/2017 2:07 a.m. Discuss

LONOKE -- Lawyers for Lonoke County rice farmers seeking a recovery of their losses related to the failure of a grain company in Brinkley must provide more information regarding their claims, a judge ruled Thursday.

West Memphis plant inauguration today

posted: 04/21/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

A new $15 million manufacturing plant and testing laboratory in West Memphis with close ties to the Clean Line Energy project, which is roundly opposed by Arkansas’ delegation in Congress, officially opens today.

Tyson wants to do better, its new chief tells execs, officials

posted: 04/19/2017 2:19 a.m. Discuss

Tom Hayes has had plenty on his plate since becoming Tyson Foods' top executive less than four months ago but doesn't want to be a member of the clean-plate club anytime soon. That would imply a job is done.

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