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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.

State's cotton acres predicted to grow

posted: 04/05/2017 2:13 a.m. Discuss

Cotton will never be "king" again in Arkansas, or in the South, but its upswing continues.

Stiff fine's delay hinders dicamba law, backers say

posted: 04/02/2017 2:09 a.m. Discuss

A financial hammer -- a 25-fold increase in fines -- to deter Arkansas farmers from spraying illegal formulations of dicamba and putting their neighbors' crops at risk won't be available for several months.

Fine to rise in Missouri if bill OK'd

posted: 04/02/2017 2:08 a.m. Discuss

Missouri, like Arkansas, wrestled with dicamba problems last summer, including the reported loss of 30,000 peach trees owned by a farmer in that state's boot heel and damage to thousands of acres of other crops.

State ag agency revamp scuttled

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

The attempt to reorganize the state Department of Agriculture is dead for this legislative session, state Secretary of Agriculture Wes Ward said Friday.

House rejects changes to agriculture agency

posted: 03/18/2017 2:17 a.m. Comment 1

The state House of Representatives on Friday defeated the governor’s effort to overhaul the state Department of Agriculture about 18 hours after an email blitz by Arkansas Farm Bureau stating its opposition to the bill.

Chinese company buys site in Little Rock for its clothing factory

posted: 03/16/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

Billed last fall as the first Chinese company to manufacture clothing in the United States, Suzhou Tianyuan Garments Co. will put its operations on Fourche Dam Pike in Little Rock.

Agriculture agency's redo advances

posted: 03/16/2017 2:18 a.m. Discuss

A House committee on Wednesday approved a bill revamping the 12-year-old state Department of Agriculture.

Turner official cleared, attorney says

posted: 03/11/2017 1:51 a.m. Discuss

No criminal charges will be filed against at least one of the officials with a grain company that went bankrupt nearly 2½ years ago, costing farmers millions of dollars in grain sales, the attorney for one of the businessmen said.

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