Division Dedicates Don Tyson Center for Agricultural Sciences

Division Dedicates Don Tyson Center for Agricultural Sciences

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture dedicated its new Don Tyson Center for Agricultural Sciences today in Fayetteville, making it the second time in three days that Tyson Foods and the Tyson family helped Northwest Arkansas make a major advancement.

The opening of the new 54,000-square-foot building, which was funded in part by a $5 million gift from Tyson Foods and the Tyson family, came just two days after Tyson Foods celebrated the opening of a new Springdale facility that will become the company’s technology hub in the city’s downtown area.

 

Summit's Keynote Speaker Focuses on Importance of Work Ethic, Soft Skills

The Center for Work Ethic Development's chief executive officer will be the keynote speaker at this year's Northwest Arkansas Workforce Summit.

The Nov. 15 event, which is in its third year in Springdale, brings together hundreds of business and policy leaders with educators from every school district in the region. It will be held at the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center.

State Breaks Ground on Northwest Arkansas Nature, Education Center

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission broke ground on its planned Northwest Arkansas nature center, honoring Northwest Arkansas philanthropist Johnelle Hunt for her family's incredible contribution to the project.

Today's ceremony in Springdale on a 61-acre site along Spring Creek was attended by more than 250 people, including Mrs. Hunt, Northwest Arkansas mayors and business leaders, and every member of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Construction on the $18 million facility, which is expected to start early next year, will focus on natural elements and ecosystems found in the northwest region of the state. Construction is estimated to take about three years. Land for the facility was donated by the City of Springdale.

Mrs. Hunt, who founded J.B. Hunt Transport Services with her late husband, and her family provided $5 million for the project. That gift was announced in November 2015.

Mrs. Hunt spoke at today's event, saying God has a purpose for the vacant land and it's clear to her that the nature center is that purpose.

Proposed facility highlights include 36,000 square feet of improvements, including a state-of-the-art educational building, indoor and outdoor classrooms, education pavilions, traditional and 3-D archery ranges, watchable-wildlife walking trails, wildlife habitat areas, a creek boardwalk and overlook, native plant gardens, wildlife-viewing blinds, and many other conservation education and outdoor recreation amenities.

Record-Breaking Water Sales Validate NWA's Higher Population

Record-Breaking Water Sales Validate NWA's Higher Population

Northwest Arkansas’ largest drinking water supplier broke its record for sales in Fiscal Year 2017, and the two-county area’s other primary water provider will approach an all-time sales record.

Both the Beaver Water District and the Benton/Washington Regional Public Water Authoritydelivered more water to their customers even though summer temperatures were below average. Those record sales in a year with cooler-than-normal summer weather indicates the region’s rising population is driving increased water consumption, said Larry Lloyd, the Beaver Water District’s chief operating officer.