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Daily Digest: November 8, 2019


Emily Young is Building Her Business Empire in Russellville

Emily Young is still in her twenties but has already built three businesses in her adopted hometown of Russellville.

Young started her first business in 2014 and fresh out of college. Read the full story here.


Dean Banks Named President of Tyson Foods

Tyson Foods has named a new president for the Springdale-based company. Dean Banks was appointed by the Tyson board of directors to assume the role of president, effective Dec. 20, 2019.

Banks is taking over the role of president from current CEO and president Noel White, who will continue as CEO. Read the full story here.

AEDC hosting five workshops on grant funding.



Navigating the U.S.-China Trade War

Yesterday, the Arkansas Association of Asian Businesses (AAAB) held a workshop on how Arkansas businesses are navigating the U.S.-China trade war.

The workshop’s diverse speakers provided deep dives on the trade war’s effect on various American industries, including international perspectives from a Chinese exporter and American importer of consumer goods, as well as a specific focus on the tariffs’ repercussions on Arkansas’ agricultural industry. Read the full story here.

Agriculture Dept. collects more than 166,000 pounds of unwanted pesticides. 



New Opioid Initiative Provides Free Resources for Arkansas Employers

During the 2019 Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/AIA annual meeting, officials unveiled a new initiative targeting the opioid crisis that is designed to help Arkansas employers.

The new initiative, Together Arkansas, is a series of free resources available to employers throughout the state that is aimed at preparing companies to “prepare, prevent and respond” to the ongoing opioid epidemic. Read the full story here.

UAMS names new members to cancer institute advisory board.



College-Going Rate Continues to Decline

The Higher Education Coordinating Board heard a disappointing report about the continuing decline in the number of Arkansas high school graduates who go on to college.

During a recent special meeting, staff from the state Higher Education Department reported that only 47.1 percent of the high school seniors who graduated in 2018 went on to a four-year university or a two-year college. Read the full story here.

AGFC recruiting hunters to help spot CWD.


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