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U.S. trade-pact step, veiling of research worry state farmers

The first few days of President Donald Trump's administration have left the agriculture industry in Arkansas anxious about the future of trade policy and access to scientific agricultural research data.

Arkansas' restaurants upbeat; more opening, tax revenue up

The national restaurant industry's somber mood hasn't reached the Arkansas food scene, as the metropolitan areas of the state continue to see the arrival of new restaurants.

Mars gets state aid for plant add-on

Mars, the food company known for its candy bars, is investing $72 million in its Fort Smith pet food plant after receiving a $500,000 incentive from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

Poultry plant gets new life, Pine Bluff to get jobs

After years of false starts and a struggle to secure funding, the Summit Poultry plant in Pine Bluff plans to reopen in the first 10 days of January, delivering more than 100 jobs to the town.

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Tyson's '17 CEO suggests focuses

Hayes: Perhaps acquisition or 2

Tom Hayes, president of Tyson Foods and the incoming chief executive officer, dropped hints about acquisitions and investments at the Bernstein Consumer Summit in New York on Wednesday.

Tyson's $150M to aid food-focused startups

Tyson Foods has set aside $150 million to help develop new food-related businesses as the company continues a transformation from a commodity provider to a broader food company.

Holiday spread's cost less in Arkansas this year

Average in state is $4.48 a person

Thanksgiving meals will cost less in Arkansas this year compared with a year ago, driven by falling turkey prices, according to an annual survey by the Arkansas Farm Bureau.

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Tyson CEO Smith leaving; Hayes to take role

Donnie Smith, Tyson Foods' chief executive officer, is stepping down amid concerns about the meatpacking giant's ability to sustain high profit growth and as the company battles lawsuits over the poultry industry's chicken pricing.

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UA's state-bred wine grapes finally debut

Researchers take 30 years to formulate 1 red, 1 white

The Arkansas wine industry has a new edge -- two grapes designed to thrive in the state's challenging climate.

Red meat, poultry production in U.S. on record pace in '16

The U.S. meat industry is set to post another strong production year and an abundant supply of pork, beef and poultry is lowering prices for consumers, industry experts say.

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