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Show evidence, grain-firm suers told

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

Allied project took congressional flak

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

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

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

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

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

Support lacking in 2 House votes

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

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House rejects changes to agriculture agency

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

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

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

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