Monthly Archives: July 2018

Public Health Alert For Beef, Pork And Poultry Products

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is issuing a public health alert out of an abundance of caution due to concerns about contamination with Cyclospora. The beef, pork and poultry salad and wrap products were distributed by Caito Foods LLC, an Indianapolis, Ind. establishment.

The beef, pork and poultry salad and wrap items were produced between July 15 to 18, 2018, with the either “Best By,” “Enjoy by,” Best if Sold By” or “Sell By” dates ranging from July 18 through July 23, 2018. [View Label (PDF only)]

The complete list of products, product labels, the UPC code numbers and other identifying information can be found here.

The products bear establishment number “EST. 39985 or P-39985” inside or next to the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to distribution centers nationwide.    MORE


Tyson Blames Tariffs, Excess Meat Supply For Lower Earnings Guidance

Tyson Foods was flying high on hopes for a record year of earnings with low grain costs and growing market share among its largest brands. But escalating trade tensions and tariffs on beef and pork have resulted in an excess supply of meat and falling prices.

On Monday, the Springdale-based meat giant lowered its full-year earnings guidance by 85 cents on the low-end and 70 cents on the high-end. The downward guidance comes one week before the company reports its third quarter earnings results on August 6th.

The company expects fiscal 2018 earnings of $5.70-$6 per share, down from the $6.55-$6.70 previous guidance last given in May. The company did not give guidance for the third quarter, but said the fourth fiscal quarter, which began July 1, is off to a sluggish start.    MORE

Arkansas Plant Board Selects Former Agriculture Secretary As New Director

The Arkansas Plant Board unanimously approved the appointment of former Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Butch Calhoun to serve as its director. He was selected Friday after Plant Board Director Terry Walker abruptly retired July 24th.

The 67-year-old told Talk Business & Politics he’s ready to get to work and will begin his new job August 13th.

“I love agriculture and I always have,” he said. “I know what the plant board does. I think I have something to offer.”

Governor Asa Hutchinson was pleased with the Plant Board’s choice.    MORE

ASU-Beebe: Meet & Greet Receptions For Dr. Jennifer Methvin

BEEBE, Ark. – Arkansas State University-Beebe, and its campuses at Heber Springs and Searcy, is hosting a series of community Meet & Greet receptions to welcome our new Chancellor Dr. Jennifer Methvin.

These events are open to the public at any of the campus locations.

The Meet & Greet schedule is as follows:

ASU-Beebe’s reception will be held Tuesday, Aug. 7 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Walmart/Regions Room in the Dr. Eugene McKay Student Center.

ASU-Beebe’s Heber Springs campus reception will be held Wednesday, Aug. 8 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the Entergy Room in the Administration Building.

ASU-Beebe’s Searcy campus reception will be held Thursday, Aug. 9, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Main Building, Room 117.

For more information about the Meet & Greet receptions, contact Carissa Gillam, Special Events Coordinator, at (501) 882-8957, email, or view the ASU-Beebe website at

Arkansas State University-Beebe is an operationally separate, two-year institution of the Arkansas State University System.  With campuses located in Beebe, Heber Springs, Searcy, the Little Rock Air Force Base, and online, the university offers associate degrees, certificates, and non-credit training for business and industry.  The Beebe campus also collaborates with Arkansas State, a four-year university in Jonesboro, to offer baccalaureate and graduate degrees on the Beebe campus. ASU-Beebe is nationally recognized by the Aspen Institute for student success rates.

Arkansas Capitol Arts And Grounds Commission To Meet

(LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) – Subcommittee One of the Arkansas Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission will meet on Thursday, August 9, 2018.  The subcommittee will hear a presentation on the current status of the Gold Star Family Monument and discuss the next steps in the process of this project. This meeting will take place at 10:30 AM and will be held in Room 151 of the State Capitol Building.   MORE

Arkansas Highway Police Searching For Officers To Fill Ranks

Arkansas Highway Police began accepting applications for law enforcement officers and will fill vacancies throughout the State.
Arkansas Highway Police is a Division of the Arkansas Department of Transportation. AHP is a nationally recognized leader in the fields of drug interdiction, motor carrier safety and hazardous materials enforcement, and training. Officers serve as instructors for the Criminal Justice Institute, National Training Center, Transportation Safety Institute, and the Drug Interdiction Assistance Program.
Arkansas Highway Police are responsible for the enforcement of state laws regulating the use of public highways with special emphasis on commercial vehicles and private non-passenger transportation vehicles. Officers maintain expertise in size, weight, hazardous materials, license, tax, traffic and criminal law enforcement, and motor carrier safety.     MORE

Beebe Police Officer Attack

Cody Ramsey

Beebe Police have announced the arrest of a man for attacking an officer outside his home.

22-year old Cody Wayne Ramsey is charged with three counts of aggravated assault, one count of second degree battery on a law enforcement officer and one count of carrying a weapon.

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