Agriculture

  Smoke filled skies pose health risks for some

Farmers in the agricultural industry work year-round to tend to their crops. Now, many of them enter the harvest season and once those crops are out, they have to decide what to do with the remaining plant stalks.

2 events in the works despite the cancellation of the Greene County Fair

  Farmers prepare for worst ahead of Hurricane Laura

  Name released in deadly crop duster crash in Miss. Co., Arkansas

  Study shows rice likely to survive pandemic

  Arkansas Department of Agriculture: Don’t plant unsolicited seeds

  Hunters up in arms over possible sale of public hunting grounds

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Sheriff warns farmers about thefts, tampered equipment

  Tractors line Hwy. 51 to honor Stoddard Co. man

  Historically low fertilizer prices could save farmers money in the future

Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College Poll reveals increase in support for medical marijuana in Arkansas

Missouri Department of Agriculture follows EPA guidance on dicamba

  Increase in growing gardens during pandemic

  ASU Regional Farmers Market to open up with restrictions due to COVID-19

The ASU Regional Farmers Market announced on social media this weekend that they will be opening on Saturday, May 23rd with some changes.

  Farm company, crops damaged in northern Dunklin County, Mo.

Employees worked on Tuesday to get the farm equipment out of the debris to repair it and get it back out in their fields.

  How COVID-19 affects cattle harvest

The food industry is seeing a loss of meat production due to the coronavirus pandemic, which could lead to a shortage of beef at your dinner table.

Arkansas medical marijuana sales top $50 million

Following a sharp increase in sales last week, medical marijuana sales in Arkansas have surpassed $50 million.

  Local farmers take advantage of growing solar industry

Woo, pig! Nearly 700 feral hogs removed from Arkansas

Mo. Dept. of Agriculture has backlog of 600 dicamba drift complaints

  Heartland farmers “cautiously optimistic” about new China trade agreement

Roadshow brings new technology to farming in Heartland

2019 Report: Arkansas’ cannabis shops rake in $28 million

  Brazil’s Minister of Agriculture visits with Heartland farmers

One farmer said it's fascinating to know Brazil has the same values as U.S. farmers.

  Missouri approves Heartland facilities to cultivate, deliver medical marijuana

The State Health Department has approved applications for cultivation centers and medical marijuana transporters.

Arkansas judge strikes law on state Plant Board appointments

The judge issued the ruling in a lawsuit agribusiness giant Monsanto had filed against the panel

  Heartland farmers unite to equip bootheel with grain bin rescue gear

An effort to improve grain bin rescues in Missouri's bootheel is getting high praise from a farm wife who lost her husband after he fell into a grain bin 10 years ago.

  Bumper crop for Mississippi County pecan grower

The rain has caused delays for farmers harvesting their crops, but there’s one crop that growers are saying benefitted from the rain.

  Concern over ambulance service expansion

ProMed Ambulance wants to expand in Pocahontas, but their preferred location is not everyone’s favorite.

  Music tourism development in the works in Osceola

The city’s ideas include a boutique hotel, skating rink, movie theatre, wedding chapel and much more that will feature multiple legends like Willie Bloom and Johnny Cash.

  Blytheville ‘on a roll’ tearing down neglected homes

Many of you may have noticed the last few removals captured on video and posted to Facebook lately.

  BPD Justice Complex project underway

The city has faced some challenges and changes in their source of funding, but the money finally came together this past May.

  Mississippi County breaks ground on ‘first-ever’ dog park

Donations are still needed to complete the park including two dog way stations, a water fountain, and agility equipment for the dogs to run and play on.

  Program gets gardeners certified

Pens were to paper in Corning in preparation to supply the city with fresh produce next year.

  $2.3M granted to ANC, expanding workforce opportunities

The grant is geared towards new, incoming students and dislocated workers who want to be able to work in technical career fields like welding and steel technologies.

Couple suing farmers for spraying tree-killing chemicals

A Manila couple is suing a family of local farmers claiming chemicals they used killed hundreds of their trees.

  Craighead County sees over 6,000 jobs created since 2013, report shows

According to new study done by Garner Economics, job growth has increased in Craighead County bringing thousands of jobs to the area.

Bunge to relocate from New York to St. Louis

Bunge has announced the relocation of its global headquarters from White Plains, New York, to the St. Louis metropolitan area.

  Heartland farmer reacts to flooding, trade war

A soybean farmer in New Madrid County, Missouri feels like the flood has hurt more than the trade war.

  Region 8 farmers deal with Barry aftermath

Farmer Scott Matthews said the rain has been hitting his farm since Friday and he hopes it will stop raining soon.

  Levee is not closing in Pemiscot County

Is the levee closed in Pemiscot County? A social media post has many thinking it is.

  Southeast Mo. farmers dealing with a wet planting season

With all the flooding, many farmers are still taking a hit this planting season, and what happens next for them could impact you.

  Farmers create system to store water ahead of summer months

Weather in Arkansas is causing a headache for some farmers, but some have created a backup plan to ensure a healthy harvest.

Something’s popping up in farmer’s fields and it’s not crops

Several counties in Northeast Arkansas are getting reports of armyworm in pastures and hayfields.

Orscheln Farm & Home to double in size in Poplar Bluff, MO

Pet, livestock and footwear departments will grow as part of this expansion as well.

Jonesboro loses bid for USDA research headquarters

Despite a “strong bid” by state and local leaders, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will not be relocating its national research headquarters to Jonesboro.

Bankers survey: March floods in Midwest hitting farmers hard

A monthly survey of rural bankers in parts of 10 Plains and Western states shows about one of every five expects an increase in farm loan defaults stemming from last month's devastative Midwest floods

  Beekeepers remind of a safer way to remove bees

Spring is in full bloom and that means bees are out, but what do you do when you have an unwanted hive near your home?

Family Farmer Relief Act reintroduced

Three U.S. Senators reintroduced the Family Farmer Relief Act of 2019 last month.

  Greenhouse tents to be built for rice study

Students and educators at Arkansas State University are teaming up with two other universities to build tents. But they’re not for camping.

  Soybean trade impacts Region 8 farmers

National negotiations on tariffs and trading are impacting farmers in the delta.

Arkansas Supreme court rejects request to stay hog farm case

The Arkansas Supreme Court has rejected environmental regulators' request to review and stay proceedings in a hog farm's lawsuit over its permit application to operate near the Buffalo River

  City of Trumann is showing positive growth

Trumann city focusing on teamwork as a positive way of growth in the community.

Effort to add medical marijuana conditions in Arkansas fails

An effort to add 40 more conditions that would qualify patients to use medical marijuana in Arkansas has failed before a legislative committee

Public hearing set for new land development in Trumann

Public hearing set for rezoning application within the Trumann city limits.

Panel to hold hearing on dicamba rules

A 30-day public comment period and a public hearing date has been set for proposed regulations that allow the use of dicamba in Arkansas.

Region 8 counties chosen for program to strengthen rural economies

Three Region 8 counties have been chosen for a pilot program that is designed to strengthen rural economies.

  Plant Board votes on dicamba deadline

Arkansas State Plant Board votes for dicamba use and deadline.

Judge: Arkansas hog farm’s lawsuit against state to continue

A recent ruling has upheld an Arkansas hog farm's lawsuit against the state's environmental policy-making body over its permit application to operate near the Buffalo River

Tariffs, bad weather hitting soybean farmers hard

Tariffs, bad weather, affecting soybean farmers across the country.

  Soybean farmers dealing with rain

Soybean farmers taking financial toll due to rain.

Arkansas committee supports regulated dicamba use in 2019

A committee is recommending that the Arkansas Plant Board allow farmers to use the herbicide dicamba next year, but extend protections to prevent the weed killer from drifting and damaging crops

New Madrid Co. man, farm indicted for illegally applying Dicamba to crops

A Parma, Missouri man has been indicted after officials say he illegally applied Dicamba to crops.

Federal Reserve: Farm income continues to decline this fall

The Federal Reserve says farm income continued to decline across the Plains and western states this fall because crop prices remain weak

  Recent EPA ruling sparks petition in Region 8

Recent EPA ruling sparks controversary among specialty crop producers in Region 8.

Thousands of feral hogs killed in first 9 months of 2018

Conservation officials say more than 7,300 feral hogs have been killed in Missouri in the first nine months of the year

EPA announces changes to dicamba registration

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is extending the registration of dicamba for two years.

4 Arkansas cities express interest for USDA offices

Four Arkansas cities are among more than 135 nationwide vying for two U.S. Department of Agriculture branch offices that are moving away from Washington, D.C

Court order stalls Arkansas hog farm permit decision

A judge has further delayed an Arkansas hog farm's permit application to operate near the Buffalo River watershed

  Improved weather conditions have soybean farmers optimistic

Farmers have taken an early hit this harvest season, but the change in weather is keeping them optimistic.

Proposal to lift highway weight restrictions in Tuckerman

Meeting at City Hall proposing highway weight restrictions in Tuckerman.

Commission finalizes medical marijuana license scoring

The Medical Marijuana Commission met Tuesday to finalize the process for scoring dispensary applications.

Rain could put a damper on harvest season

More rain could mean a late finish for harvest season.

Ozark Mountain Poultry being bought by George’s Inc.

Ozark Mountain Poultry is being acquired by another poultry producer.

Nationwide recall for chicken sold by Wayne Farms

Wayne Farms is recalling more than 430,000 pounds of chicken due to the possibility of pieces of metal being mixed in with the food.

  Farmers race to harvest crops before possible downpours

It’s a race against the clock for local rice farmers. They're harvesting what they can before potential downpours from Tropical Storm Gordon hit the area.

Missouri judge blocks new meat inspection law

A Missouri judge is blocking portions of a new state law on meat inspections from taking effect.

Ag company bringing jobs to MO

An Agriculture company is bringing jobs to Caruthersville.

Drought takes toll on Missouri farmers' crops, cattle

Parts of Missouri are so dry that corn crops are suffering and hay for cattle is in short supply, as water becomes increasingly scarce.

MO Republican opposed to tax rate changes on agricultural lands

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Republican lawmakers are opposing a state tax commission decision that could increase taxes on farmers with the best land and cut taxes for those with less desirable