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Tyson plants win

UL zero waste label

Six Tyson Foods processing plants received the highest honor for their recent waste diversion efforts, the company announced Friday.

They have achieved Zero Waste to Landfill Gold Level validation by UL, a global safety certification company, which means that 95% to 99% of their waste has been diverted from landfills.

Tyson’s Arkansas facility is in Nashville. The other facilities were in Newbern, Tennessee; Obion County, Tennessee; Albany, Ky.; and Camilla, Ga.

“We are proud of our team members and the work they do to reduce waste in landfills,” Katherine Pickus, Tyson’s vice president of sustainability and global impact, said in a written statement. “These validations reflect Tyson’s dedication to making a positive difference in the communities where we live and operate.”

To achieve these goals, each site identified innovative methods to reduce landfill waste and met UL’s criteria for how to dispose of materials such as packaging, compost, liquids and food. .

Since 2004, Tyson has made progress towards its sustainability goals, reducing waste, water consumption and carbon emissions along the way.

UL expects to validate more processing plants from Tyson.

-Nathan Owens

Victims of the NW storm

eligible for loans

Arkansans who suffered losses in the March 30 tornadoes and severe storms in four Northwest counties can now apply for low-interest federal disaster loans to help repair the damage.

Residents and businesses of Benton, Crawford, Madison and Washington counties are eligible.

“Federal low-interest disaster loans are available to businesses of all sizes, most private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters whose property was damaged or destroyed by this disaster” , said Tanya N. Garfield, director of regional disaster operations for the Small Business Administration.

The deadline to file a property damage claim is June 20. The deadline to file an economic injury claim is January 20, 2023. Claimants can apply online, receive additional information about disaster assistance, and download claims at /.

— André Moreau

30.05 loss ends

week for condition index

The Arkansas Index, a price-weighted index that tracks the largest state-based public companies, closed Friday at 771.12, down from 30.05.

Shares of Murphy USA rose 0.09% to top the index.

“The Fed is looking to raise interest rates much faster than the market expected,” Fiona Cincotta, senior financial markets analyst at, told The New York Times. “It really spooked investors because of what it could mean for the wider economy and for businesses.”

The index was developed by Bloomberg News and the Democrat-Gazette with a base value of 100 as of December 30, 1997.


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