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Pork firm invests $25M in meal kits

Subscriber onlySmithfield Foods took its first steps into the meal kit market this week. Continue reading...

Arkansan signs letter urging caution in NAFTA talks

Subscriber onlyThis 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. Continue reading...

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

Subscriber onlyCLINTON -- 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. Continue reading...

Tyson sees fiscal year's profits on record pace

For 3Q, it says sales up, income down

Subscriber onlyRising 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. Continue reading...

Complaints on rise over black vultures, livestock predation

Subscriber onlyBlack 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. Continue reading...

Tyson Foods streamlining its leadership

Subscriber onlyTyson 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. Continue reading...

Firm set to hire up to 78 at Arkansas plant

Simmons invests $30M in pet food

Subscriber onlyThe $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. Continue reading...

Apples still appealing for nostalgic few

Farmers, researchers hunt for lost Arkansas varieties from glory days

Subscriber onlyScott 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. Continue reading...

Chicken producers weighing demand for slow-grow push

Subscriber onlyIt’s no secret that chickens bred for meat grow really fast. Continue reading...

Small farm isn't eggs-actly easy

Free-range poultry raiser works hard to scratch out a living

Subscriber onlySaturday 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. Continue reading...

Pig vets push for vaccine stockpile

Foot-and-mouth worry spurs call

Subscriber onlyA group of swine veterinarians warned lawmakers this week on Capitol Hill of the dangers of foot-and-mouth disease, urging them to establish an offshore vaccine bank to quickly eliminate the disease and prevent future outbreaks from destroying livestock and damaging the national economy. Continue reading...

'15 bird flu recovery leads to oversupply of eggs, lower prices

Subscriber onlyAn oversupply of eggs nationwide has driven prices to levels not seen in 10 years, with some retailers in Arkansas offering a carton of a dozen eggs for less than a dollar. Continue reading...

Retailer now has Angus beef line

Wal-Mart names brand ‘Verified’

Subscriber onlyWal-Mart Stores Inc. has upgraded its beef offerings to include USDA-certified Angus products in its stores nationwide. Continue reading...

Program ethically certifies eateries; one in Arkansas takes spot on list

Subscriber onlyAs a way to make healthful and sustainable foods more profitable for producers and to give consumers peace-of-mind about what they're eating, the U.S. Healthful Food Council developed Eat REAL, a nonprofit group designed to improve the quality of restaurant fare and treatment of farm animals. Continue reading...

Sam's in China selling U.S. beef

Club first outlet after ban lifted

Subscriber onlyA Sam's Club membership store in Beijing is the first physical retail outlet in China to sell U.S. beef after the 13-year trade hiatus, according to a Wal-Mart spokesman. Continue reading...