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Arkansas Money & Politics

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    The Arkansas Democrat Gazette reported today that turkey manufacturer Butterball, LLC. is planning to add 30 new turkey farms in Arkansas, and hire 164 new workers at its northwest Arkansas plant.

    The post Butterball plans new farms, more jobs for Ozark plant appeared first on Arkansas Money & Politics.


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    Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. announced Thursday a $27 million expansion of its case-ready beef and pork plant in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Tyson Fresh Meats is a wholly owned subsidiary of Springdale-based Tyson Foods Inc., and is one of the largest employers in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area. The project, according to the company, will include […]

    The post Tyson Announces $27M expansion to Iowa facility appeared first on Arkansas Money & Politics.


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    Tyson Foods Inc. has acquired 5 percent of plant-based protein producer Beyond Meat. The Springdale-based company announced the deal Monday (Oct. 10). Beyond Meat is a privately-held company based in El Segundo, California, and is the only plant-based protein producer in which Tyson Foods has invested. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but money […]

    The post Tyson Foods buys stake in plant protein producer Beyond Meat appeared first on Arkansas Money & Politics.


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    According to Arkansas Business, Governor Asa Hutchinson on Thursday said he will travel to China to meet with existing and prospective business contacts and with government officials about opening the country to Arkansas rice and poultry. Mike Preston, executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, and Mark Hamer, AEDC director of business development for Asia, will accompany the […]

    The post Governor Hutchinson to promote Arkansas farming on trip to China appeared first on Arkansas Money & Politics.


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    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday the launch of a new private investment fund with the potential to inject $100 million into growth-oriented small businesses across rural America. The McLarty Capital Partners Rural Business Investment Company will be the fifth RBIC that USDA has helped to initiate since 2014. The initiative is part of […]

    The post USDA announces McLarty Capital Partners Rural Investment Fund appeared first on Arkansas Money & Politics.


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    The unprecedented loss of honey bees has put a local industry and area families in jeopardy. The Coy family has been in the honey business since 1969. Next year, they’ll be starting their fourth-generation of beekeepers in a family business that is more sweet than sour. The Jonesboro Sun reports that Coy’s Honey Farm is the largest […]

    The post Multitude of factors lead to decline in bees, making life hard for honey producers appeared first on Arkansas Money & Politics.


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    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is denying last-ditch attempts by Arkansas fish farmers to obtain individual permits that would allow them to kill limited numbers of double-crested cormorants this winter, according to Arkansas Online. The Fish and Wildlife Service, a part of the federal Interior Department, lost a federal lawsuit this spring over the […]

    The post Arkansas fish farmers make final effort for permits appeared first on Arkansas Money & Politics.


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    Several law firms representing shareholders have filed lawsuits in the last two days claiming Tyson Foods made false or misleading statements related to allegations the company colluded with other agribusinesses to fix chicken prices. Early last month, food distributor Maplevale Farms Inc. filed an antitrust complaint in Illinois against Tyson and several other poultry producers. […]

    The post Tyson battles lawsuits over chicken price-fixing appeared first on Arkansas Money & Politics.


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    The era of United State history Donald Trump most admires, he has said, is the early 20th century through the 1940s when the federal government banned the immigration of specific ethnic groups. Donald Trump’s immigration proposals, which have included mass deportations, undergird his campaign promise to “Make America Great Again.” Trump’s campaign has gone scorched […]

    The post If Donald Trump wins and does what he says he will, Arkansas could lose a lot of people overnight appeared first on Arkansas Money & Politics.


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    LITTLE ROCK (October 25, 2016) ~ E2open today announced that CCF Brands has selected E2open’s Demand Signal Repository and Retail Insights solutions to capture, cleanse and analyze daily demand data. E2open’s retail solutions, acquired from Orchestro, will help the Rogers-based marketer of fresh eggs and egg products cut costs and reduce unnecessary inventory in its supply chain to […]

    The post CCF Brands enlists E2open to reduce costs and drive down inventory appeared first on Arkansas Money & Politics.


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    Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley transferred nearly $100 million to its related companies a year before it filed for bankruptcy protection, according to lawsuits recently filed by its Chapter 7 trustee, M. Randy Rice of Little Rock. Since October, Rice has filed more than 40 suits against Turner Commodities Inc., Ivory Rice LLC, Agribusiness […]

    The post Trustee: Turner Grain transferred $100M to related firms appeared first on Arkansas Money & Politics.


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    This was Tyson chief Donnie Smith (above) on June 21, 2012, in Jackson, Mississippi, where he participated in a program to reduce hunger in Mississippi. (AP file photo by Rogelio V. Solis) November 21, 2016 Two views of the Tyson news Reuters: Tyson Foods Inc (TSN.N) shares tumbled almost 15 percent on Monday after the […]

    The post Tom Hayes steps up at Tyson as CEO Donnie Smith steps down appeared first on Arkansas Money & Politics.


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      ~News Release from Farm Credit~ $15.5 million is going back into the hands of Farm Credit members across Arkansas in February.  Farm Credit finances farms, homes, land, livestock, equipment and more.  Farm Credit is not a bank; it is a financial cooperative and shares a portion of profits with members in profitable years. 2016 […]

    The post Farm Credit distributes $15.5 million to Arkansas members appeared first on Arkansas Money & Politics.


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    Mace Thornton, American Farm Bureau A recent poll asked almost 2,000 registered voters their opinions on agriculture and sustainability. According to the survey, almost all respondents – no matter the political affiliation – supported sustainability, by one definition or another, and most believe agriculture and farming to be among the nation’s most sustainable sectors. In […]

    The post PODCAST: Opinion Poll Offers Good News for Farmers, Ranchers appeared first on Arkansas Money & Politics.


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    SAN FRANCISCO – A group of livestock farmers in Arkansas, supported by Heifer USA, is using cutting-edge technology to let you know where your dinner comes from. The small-scale, forward-thinking suppliers of Grass Roots Farmers’ Cooperative are the first in the United States to use blockchain technology to trace their products from farm to fork, […]

    The post Arkansas Farmers, Heifer USA Take the Mystery Out of Meat appeared first on AMP.


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    AgHeritage Farm Credit Services announces its Board of Directors Chairman and Vice Chairman. Dwain Morris of Pocahontas (left) has been named Board Chairman and Jerry Burkett of Stuttgart (right) has been named Board Vice Chairman. Morris has been a board member since 1991 and farms corn, milo, rice and soybeans on 500 acres. He serves […]

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    Ben E. Keith Foods is expanding – and staying – in North Little Rock. The distributor of food products has been in business since 1906, and its mid-south division has two distribution centers in central Arkansas – a 60,000 square-foot one in Little Rock’s River Port and a 160,000 square-foot one on Pike Avenue in […]

    The post Ben E. Keith Foods to Open New North Little Rock Facility appeared first on AMP.


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