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1. Davos on the Delta Puts Memphis At Center of Agriculture World -

The annual raucous Memphis in May Festival has arrived for its 41st year. And in its shadow is the much more sedate second annual Davos on the Delta conference at the nearby Peabody hotel, within earshot of the festival and olfactory stimulation of its sprawling barbecue competition.

2. What Do Statewide Candidates Say About Rural Tennessee? -

Like most of America, Tennessee’s metropolitan areas have prospered during the last eight years, while the rural areas have lagged in almost every measure. The state has 19 of its 95 counties classified as “distressed.” What can and should we do to give every Tennessean a chance to succeed?

3. Editorial: Buying Food in a Food City -

The business of food is in a cycle of change from farm to table – whether it’s blowing up the Memphis barbecue stereotype or how we get our groceries.

All parts of that chain are to be found in Memphis business and culture.

4. Arkansas Court Halts 4th Judge's Order on Dicamba Ban -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The Arkansas Supreme Court has halted a fourth judge's ruling exempting some farmers from an herbicide ban that took effect last week.

Justices on Monday stayed a Clay County judge's order prohibiting the state Plant Board from enforcing its ban on dicamba against a group of farmers in that county.

5. Last Word: Trolleys Roll, Primary Election Day and The Rise of South City -

MATA CEO Gary Rosenfeld likes to joke that the new trolleys are quieter since the transit authority decided to change from using square wheels. Transit humor. They really are quieter. And that may be because MATA wasn’t doing much of anything in the way of maintenance on them four years ago and even less in the way of record keeping when a second trolley car burst into flames causing MATA to shut down everything it ran on rails. So the trolley that rolled out of the MATA barn on North Main Street Monday morning and into service was symbolic of more than getting a trolley or three ready for service. It was about building a new system around the operation of the trolleys.

6. Community South Memphis Bike Rides Through May -

The Big Jump Teen Ambassadors are hosting bike rides through South Memphis every Thursday through May as part of the South Memphis Glide Ride.

The group bicycle ride will take riders along scenic views through South Memphis from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. each week, and the Big Jump Teen Ambassadors will also demonstrate how to improve bicycle facilities and connectivity within the South Memphis area.

7. Restaurants Calm Customers, Say Their Romaine is Safe -

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – Restaurants' advice to their customers? Romaine calm.

The government is still investigating how romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona, apparently became contaminated with E. coli bacteria. As of Friday, at least 98 people in 22 states have gotten sick, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

8. Arkansas Court Halts 2 Rulings Against State's Dicamba Ban -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas' highest court has halted orders by two judges exempting some farmers from the state's ban of an herbicide that took effect last week.

The state Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed temporary restraining orders issued by judges in Phillips and Mississippi counties preventing the state from enforcing its ban on dicamba on groups of farmers in those counties.

9. Amanda Dunham Talks Changes At East Memphis’ Grove Grill -

Twenty years after The Grove Grill opened in Laurelwood Shopping Center, the restaurant is reinventing itself with modernized decor and the recently launched Third Thursday monthly tasting series. Helping drive the changes are chef Chip Dunham – the son of Grove Grill owners Jeff and Tracey Dunham – and his wife, beverage director Amanda Dunham, who both joined the restaurant after moving to Memphis last July.

10. Order Exempting Farmers From Dicamba Ban Challenged -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Efforts to exempt some farmers from Arkansas' ban of an herbicide blamed for widespread damage were challenged in state court Friday, days before the prohibition was set to take effect.

11. US Publishers Worry About Pricier Newsprint With New Tariffs -

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Newspaper publishers across the U.S. already strapped by years of declining revenue say they're dealing with an existential threat: Recently imposed tariffs on Canadian newsprint driving up their business costs.

12. The Week Ahead: April 2-8 -

Hello, Memphis! We celebrate the courage of a man this week who improved the lives of so many. The somber occasion of remembering his death 50 years ago should not overshadow the admiration we have for someone who refused to not speak up against obvious injustices in spite of the danger it put him in.

13. Memphis Farmers Market Names Executive Director -

Rebecca Dull has joined the Memphis Farmers Market as executive director. Dull, who began her new role Monday, March 19, has experience working in various nonprofits, community markets and fundraising as well as more than seven years of experience in communications and marketing.

14. Farm-to-Table Dinner To Benefit Farmers Market -

Oxford Community Market, a nonprofit weekly farmers market in Oxford, Mississippi, will host a community fundraiser after it kicks off its 2018 season Tuesday, April 17, from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Old Armory Pavilion, 1801 University Ave.

15. Stock Market Grocery Spurs Interest In Lakeland’s Lake District Project -

After more than a decade of preparation, The Lake District multiuse development in Lakeland is seeing some concrete progress. In fact, the developer, Los Angeles-based Gilad Development Inc., has signed its first tenant to the location on the southeast corner of the intersection of I-40 and Canada Road.

16. Farm-to-Table Dinner April 17 To Benefit Farmers Market -

Oxford Community Market, a nonprofit weekly farmers market in Oxford, Mississippi, will host a community fundraiser after it kicks off its 2018 season Tuesday, April 17, from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Old Armory Pavilion, 1801 University Ave.

17. Memphis Farmers Market Names Executive Director -

Rebecca Dull has joined the Memphis Farmers Market as executive director. Dull, who began her new role Monday, March 19, has experience working in various nonprofits, community markets and fundraising as well as more than seven years of experience in communications and marketing.

18. Hopdoddy Sets Date For Overton Square Opening -

Hopdoddy Burger Bar has announced it’s opening its first Memphis location on April 2 at Overton Square.

Hopdoddy works directly with farmers and ranchers around the country to source the best ingredients available. In addition to favorites like the Buffalo Bill – made with a bison patty, Frank’s Hot Sauce, bacon, blue jack cheese and “sassy sauce” – Hopdoddy will roll out new food and drink items for the first time.

19. EPE Expansion in Limbo, Overton Square Restaurant Sets Opening Date -

3734 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116

Project Cost: $22 million

Owner: Elvis Presley Enterprises

Details: Elvis Presley Enterprises’ expansion plans have been put on hold for the second straight month as the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County board continues to sort out if any implications will stem from approving bond financing for the Whitehaven project.

20. Which Countries Will Dodge Tariff Ax? Answer by End of April -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration will decide by the end of April which countries will be spared from steep taxes on steel and aluminum imports.

U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer told the House Ways and Means Committee Wednesday that some countries won't have to pay the tariffs, which take effect Friday, while they try to negotiate exemptions.

21. Hopdoddy Sets Date For Overton Square Opening -

Hopdoddy Burger Bar has announced it’s opening its first Memphis location on April 2 at Overton Square.

Hopdoddy works directly with farmers and ranchers around the country to source the best ingredients available. In addition to favorites like the Buffalo Bill – made with a bison patty, Frank’s Hot Sauce, bacon, blue jack cheese and “sassy sauce” – Hopdoddy will roll out new food and drink items for the first time.

22. Last Word: Penny Turns Up, Boots to Tickets and Ag Innovation -

So it begins as it always does in the world of Tigers basketball. Gary Parrish of CBSSports reporting the University of Memphis is considering a change from Tubby Smith to Penny Hardaway. Hardaway’s name last surfaced during the exit of Josh Pastner. This time around, the report is that Hardaway has already started rounding up possible staff members. This will either vanish with a very quiet poof and University officials saying they always review their options at the end of the regular season or it will move swiftly to an announced deal.

23. GOP Lawmakers, Business Groups Pressure Trump on Tariffs -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Warning of economic fallout, congressional Republicans and industry groups pressed President Donald Trump on Tuesday to narrow his plan for across-the-board tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum. They said the White House appeared to be open to changes that might soften the impact.

24. AgLaunch Finds Traction In Intersection of Startups, Investors and Farmers -

Jan Bouten, a partner in Innova, the local early stage investment capital group, has some basic standards when deciding on startup companies to invest in.

He looks for “a solid team with a lot of experience in business” and the founders of AgriSync, an Iowa ag tech startup, checked that box.

25. Trump Says He Won't Back Down on Tariffs Plan -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump insisted Monday that he's "not backing down" on his plan to impose stiff tariffs on imported steel and aluminum despite anxious warnings from House Speaker Paul Ryan and other congressional Republicans of a possible trade war.

26. Medical Marijuana Legislation Moves Ahead -

NASHVILLE – Bolstered by House Speaker Beth Harwell’s tie-breaking vote, Rep. Jeremy Faison’s medical marijuana legislation took an important step Tuesday, Feb. 27, in the General Assembly.

27. Last Word: Murals and IRV at City Hall, Alexander on Trump and Schools Standoff -

Sometimes when you look at the Election Commission filings in an election season and no one has so much as pulled a petition let alone filed one, your thoughts tend to be along the lines of what is there to focus on beyond the day-to-day activity. And then you get a press release by email that really makes you remember the volatility of this whole business of running for elected office.

28. Sign of Community -

Montavious Dean, a 16-year-old from Hamilton High School, and Sequoia Campbell, an 18-year-old from Grad Academy, are among 10 South Memphis teenagers who’ve been volunteering their time for a singular mission.

29. The Latest: Judge Tosses Challenge to Arkansas' Dicamba Ban -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on Monsanto's effort to overturn Arkansas' ban on its dicamba weed-killer (all times local):

2:50 p.m.

An Arkansas judge has dismissed a company's challenge of the state's ban on a controversial weed killer, citing a state Supreme Court ruling that has made it more difficult to sue the state.

30. Cohen, Kustoff Vote for Budget Compromise -

The two congressmen who represent Memphis voted for the federal budget compromise that reopened the government Friday, Feb. 9, following a five-hour shutdown after a continuing resolution of 17 days ran out.

31. Kale to Go: Amazon to Roll Out Delivery at Whole Foods -

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon is bringing its speedy delivery to Whole Foods. The online retail giant plans to roll out two-hour delivery at the organic grocer this year to those who pay for Amazon's $99-a-year Prime membership. It is the company's biggest move since it bought the organic grocer last year.

32. Tennessee Officials Announce $400K in Agriculture Grants -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee officials have announced more than $400,000 in grants to help new and expanding agriculture and food businesses, particularly in rural counties.

Tennessee Agriculture Commissioner Jai Templeton and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe released award information Monday for the first round of grants through the $1 million Agriculture Enterprise Fund.

33. Lawsuits Over Herbicide Dicamba to Be Heard in St. Louis -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – A special panel of judges says 11 lawsuits filed in four states against the makers of the herbicide dicamba will be centralized in federal court in St. Louis.

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation made the determination Thursday regarding farmers' lawsuits filed in Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Illinois. The lawsuits argue that the makers of dicamba are responsible for damage caused by the herbicide to their crops, especially soybeans.

34. Trump Hits Solar Panels, Washing Machines With Tariffs -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is signing a measure Tuesday imposing tariffs on imported solar-energy components and large washing machines in a bid to help U.S. manufacturers.

35. Arkansas Lawmakers Approve Ban on Disputed Herbicide -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas lawmakers on Friday approved banning an herbicide that farmers say has drifted onto crops where it wasn't applied and caused damage, but the prohibition still faces a legal challenge from a maker of the weed killer.

36. Tax Law Gives Unexpected Break to Farmers Who Sell to Co-Ops -

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Key senators and farm groups are trying to fix a provision in the federal tax overhaul that gave an unexpected tax break to farmers who sell their crops to cooperatives rather than regular companies.

37. Arkansas Legislative Panel Backs Proposal to Ban Herbicide -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas lawmakers recommended regulators move forward Tuesday with efforts to ban an herbicide that farmers in several states say has drifted onto their crops and caused damage, advancing the prohibition despite a lawsuit by a maker of the weed killer.

38. Exit Strategy -

When Kroger’s Delta Division announced last week it would shutter its stores at 1977 S. Third St. in the Southgate shopping center and 2267 Lamar Ave. near Airways Boulevard, there was already a considerable history of what might follow the Feb. 2 closing.

39. Arkansas Panel Stands by Proposal to Ban Disputed Herbicide -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas regulators stood by their plan Wednesday to ban an herbicide that farmers in several states say has drifted onto their crops and caused damage, despite a request from lawmakers to reconsider the restriction and a lawsuit by a maker of the weed killer.

40. 228-Acre Development Planned For Southaven -

The Southaven Board of Aldermen has approved developer Brian Hill’s ambitious plan for a 228-acre mixed-use development called Silo Square in the heart of DeSoto County.

41. Developer Planning 228-Acre Town Square in Southaven -

The Southaven Board of Aldermen has approved developer Brian Hill’s ambitious plan for a 228-acre mixed-use development called Silo Square in the heart of DeSoto County.

Hill’s company, Lifestyle Communities LLC, submitted the request to rezone the acreage on the west side of Getwell Road between Goodman and Nail roads from agricultural to mixed use at the board’s Tuesday, Jan. 2, meeting.

42. Trump to Address Farm Bureau Convention in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – President Donald Trump is returning to Tennessee to speak at the American Farm Bureau Federation's annual convention.

The Tennessean reports that Trump is scheduled to deliver remarks to the group meeting in Nashville on Jan. 8.

43. South Main Market Adding New Vendors Soon -

Civil Pour is one of the newest additions to the South Main Market and offers drinks like local beer, wine and craft cocktails along with small bites and other items at its space in Memphis’ new food hall.

44. Analysis: AutoZone May Be Set Up for Stronger 2018 -

Analysts who cover the stock of AutoZone Inc. are split into two sizable camps at the moment. Some 44 percent think the stock is worth rating a “buy,” while more than 50 percent think investors that already own shares should hold on to them and do nothing for now.

45. Last Word: Moving the Mountaintop, Brooks Idea and No Voucher Bill in 2018 -

The Mountaintop is moving – the circa 1977 sculpture that for many years was the only public memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. -- other than the pre-National Civil Rights Museum at what was then the Lorraine Motel. It’s had a few locations over the last 40 years and it's been in the Memphis elements constantly.

46. Arkansas Lawmakers Put Efforts to Ban Herbicide on Hold -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas lawmakers have put on hold a plan to ban an herbicide that farmers in several states say has drifted on to their crops and caused damage, agreeing with a panel's recommendation to call on regulators to revise restrictions proposed on the weed killer.

47. Arkansas Lawmakers Ask Panel to Reconsider Dicamba Ban -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas lawmakers on Tuesday recommended a regulatory panel look at revising its proposed ban of an herbicide farmers in several states say has drifted onto their crops and caused damage, nearly a month after a maker of the weed killer asked a judge to halt the prohibition.

48. Tenn. Agriculture Department Proposes New Dicamba Rules -

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is proposing new rules for the use of herbicides containing dicamba in the production of cotton and soybeans.

TDA is seeking approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a 24(c) “special local needs” label to further restrict the use of new-formulation products in Tennessee, including BASF’s Engenia, Monsanto’s XtendiMax and DuPont’s FeXapan.

49. Food Fancy -

Say what you want about the kind of city Memphis is or isn’t for foodies who prefer originality to the chains and knockoffs that are so familiar a sight in suburbia. But let it be known that 2017 was another year of ascendancy for Memphis’ singular, distinctive food scene, with the constant arrival of new concepts and experiences that in turn also says something about the city that patronizes those establishments.

50. Monsanto Moves to Stop Arkansas From Banning Weed Killer -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Monsanto asked a judge Tuesday to prevent Arkansas from enforcing a proposal going before lawmakers next week that would ban the use of a weed killer that farmers in several states have said drifts onto their crops and causes widespread damage.

51. The Week Ahead: Dec. 4-10 -

Good morning, Memphis! The holidays are in full swing, and several events this week aim to help you make a dent in your shopping list while also supporting local artisans and small businesses. Check out the details on those, plus our entertainment picks and more you need to know about in The Week Ahead...

52. Ice Cream That’s 'Out of This World’ -

When Karin and Steve Cubbage opened Area 51, an artisan ice cream shop in Hernando, Mississippi, in the summer of 2014 they had no idea where it would take them.

Less than four years later, they’ve opened a second location in the Crosstown Concourse in Memphis and are expanding to a larger off-site kitchen in Hernando to provide product to both stores and possibly more wholesale accounts.

53. 8 Tennessee Sites Added to Historic Places Register -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Eight Tennessee properties have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The Tennessee Historical Commission announced Tuesday the additions to the list of cultural resources worthy of preservation.

54. Tyson Foods: New Facility in Tennessee to Create 1,500 Jobs -

HUMBOLDT, Tenn. (AP) – Tyson Foods Inc. plans to build a new chicken production complex in Tennessee, a $300 million project that is expected to create more than 1,500 jobs when the facility begins operations in late 2019, the company said Monday.

55. Monsanto Asks Arkansas Judge to Halt State's Herbicide Ban -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – A major agribusiness company asked an Arkansas judge Friday to halt the state's plan to ban an herbicide that's drawn complaints from farmers across several states who say the weed killer has drifted onto their fields and caused widespread damage.

56. Last Word: Rape Kits Deposition, Pre-K Kickoff and Parkside Gets Company -

A retired Memphis Police Lieutenant was deposed Wednesday in East Memphis as part of the ongoing civil lawsuit in Circuit Court over the city’s 12,000 untested rape kits. Cody Wilkerson had been a detective in the police sex crimes unit and said Wednesday in the deposition that police brass, including Col. Marcus Worthy – his supervisor in sex crimes – oversaw cases in which rape kits were routinely shelved and forgotten about.

57. Web Market Delivers Fresh From The Farm -

An online farmers market service launched in September by an Arkansas judge and his wife has expanded with the addition of a Thanksgiving-themed meal kit product.

Adam and Tasha Weeks are the owners of Powhatan Farms in Powhatan, Arkansas, and the couple behind the business SingBean.com. That’s their service that lets customers log on from Saturday until Monday night and fill up their online cart with items from a group of farms the service works with.

58. Christmas Tree Prices Expected to Rise Amid Shortages -

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Americans will pay more for pre-cut Christmas trees this year as shortages deepen from the country's top two producers, Oregon and North Carolina.

Joe Territo sells Oregon trees in San Jose, California. But he's becoming increasingly frustrated with rising costs, from the trees to labor. Territo says the only figure going down is profit.

59. Memphis Tea Business Infused With Education and Fellowship -

One of Memphis’ greatest natural resources is its water, and an Orange Mound cottage industry is infusing it with uniquely Bluff City flavors, while providing neighborhood jobs.

Bluff City Chai, Riverboat Queen Strawberry Green, Memphis After-Dark Chocolate Mint, 901 Of A Kind Chocolate Almond and Blue Suede Shoes Organic Wild Blueberry are just a few of the teas packaged and distributed by My Cup of Tea, which claims to be Memphis’ only tea-based business.

60. No-Sweat Market -

If the whole concept of “fair trade” seems a bit too remote in time and space, then Jackie Nerren has a recommendation that might allow you to better understand: one sip at a time. “Black Gold” is a 2006 Indie film about coffee growers in Ethiopia, where coffee accounts for 67 percent of the country’s foreign exports. In the U.S. and many other fully industrialized nations, coffee is big business. But the film details the struggle faced by some 70,000 famers receiving minimal payments for producing coffee beans – along the lines of 12 to 25 cents for every kilo picked.

61. Effects Of E-commerce, Amazon Among Seminar Topics -

The growth of e-commerce has been one of the most transformative trends in real estate over the past few years and Memphis’ unique geography has it poised to reap the benefits.

While the more traditional industrial projects like Amazon’s proposed 615,440-square-foot receiving center at 3292 Holmes Road or DHL’s planned 580,000-square-foot distribution facility less than a mile to the south come to mind, the ripple effects of this can be felt in other areas as well, such as in typical brick-and-mortar retail operations.

62. Last Word: The Bucc Falls, Lakeland Demolition and Crossing The Year Mark -

Late word Sunday that Bernal Smith II, the president and publisher of the New Tri-State Defender, died at his home Sunday. Smith was a part of the reporters roundtables we do from time to time on "Behind The Headlines." He brought back the city's legacy African-American-owned newspaper and in that role over the last seven years was a big voice in the reshaping of Memphis as a media market. He put reporters back on the streets of this city to cover Memphis and its issues in an independent way that make this a much richer and more competitive media market than it has been in quite some time. Editorially, he was a strong voice on numerous issues and he spoke from the experience of growing up in this city. He was 45 years old and here at The Daily News, those of us who came to know him and work with him on the show express our condolences to his family.

63. Monsanto Sues Arkansas Board for Banning Disputed Herbicide -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – A major agribusiness company sued Arkansas regulators on Friday for banning its version of an herbicide that's drawn complaints from farmers across several states who say the weed killer has drifted onto their crops and caused widespread damage.

64. EPA, Herbicide Makers Agree on Dicamba Rules -

The Trump administration has reached a deal with three major agribusiness companies for new voluntary labeling requirements for a controversial herbicide blamed for damaging crops.

The Environmental Protection Agency reached an agreement with Monsanto, BASF and DuPont regarding the application of dicamba, which is used to control weeds in fields of genetically modified cotton and soybeans. Farmers who don’t buy the resistant seeds sold by the herbicide makers have complained that dicamba sprayed on neighboring properties drifts over and harms their crops, resulting in temporary bans issued last summer by state officials in Arkansas and Missouri.

65. Big River Crossing: Observations on two wheels … and sometimes two feet -

You can’t really do the reporting on Big River Crossing and the connections to it without going at it on bike. And so here are a few observations and opinions:

I've seen the jerseys and other riding apparel. And I understand its comfort as well as its purpose. But I can't do it -- at least not the whole outfit. I feel like I will have to turn in my Frayser resident card. If this gear had been around when we had bell bottoms, before the return of straight leg jeans – maybe. But probably not.

66. October 20-26, 2017: This week in Memphis history -

2016: Early voting opens in advance of the November presidential elections in Tennessee.

Big River Crossing, the nearly two mile pedestrian-bicycle boardwalk on the northern side of the Harahan Bridge formally opens to the public with a whistle blast from a restored Union Pacific railroad steam engine. The $17.5 million project opens two weeks ahead of schedule and $1.5 million under budget. For the opening, delegations of elected officials from Memphis and West Memphis meet in the middle of the boardwalk over the Mississippi River.

67. The Ties That Bind -

When Big River Crossing was about to open a year ago, Doug Carpenter was asked often where the Tennessee-Arkansas state line is over the Mississippi River.

His marketing firm DCA has overseen publicity for the crossing from concept through construction, so he has learned much about the history of the Harahan Bridge and the mighty river below it. But the stateline wasn't marked

68. Site of Amazon's HQ2 Has Much to Learn From Seattle -

SEATTLE (AP) – Memo to the many places vying for Amazon's second headquarters: It ain't all food trucks and free bananas.

For years, much of downtown Seattle has been a maze of broken streets and caution-taped sidewalks. Dozens of enormous cranes tower overhead as double-length dump trucks hauling excavated dirt rumble past pedestrians and bicyclists. The crashing and clanging of construction is the city's soundtrack on a perpetual loop.

69. EPA, Herbicide Makers Agree To New Dicamba Usage Rules -

The Trump administration has reached a deal with three major agribusiness companies for new voluntary labeling requirements for a controversial herbicide blamed for damaging crops.

The Environmental Protection Agency reached an agreement with Monsanto, BASF and DuPont regarding the application of dicamba, which is used to control weeds in fields of genetically modified cotton and soybeans. Farmers who don’t buy the resistant seeds sold by the herbicide makers have complained that dicamba sprayed on neighboring properties drifts over and harms their crops, resulting in temporary bans issued last summer by state officials in Arkansas and Missouri.

70. Ben & Jerry's Agrees to Improve Conditions for Farmworkers -

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) – Ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's has agreed to improve the pay and working conditions of people hired by farms that provide milk to the company.

Vermont-based Ben & Jerry's signed an agreement Tuesday in Burlington with the group Migrant Justice, promising to treat farmworkers and farmers who contribute to its products more fairly. Migrant Justice Leader Enrique "Kike" Balcazar called the agreement the first of its kind in the dairy industry.

71. SBA Drought Loan Deadline Nears in West Tenn. Counties -

The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, agricultural cooperatives and most nonprofit organizations that Oct. 23 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans in five West Tennessee counties affected by drought conditions in late 2016.

72. Last Word: Amazon Litmus Test, Tracing an Ascendant Foodie Scene and Exports -

There are some very interesting and unexpected things happening around Memphis these days. And it is into that atmosphere that Amazon put out what amounts to a cattle call for cities across the country to apply to be the site of its $5 billion second North American headquarters with 50,000 job over several years promised. This in a city that is about to start moving on a $9 billion expansion by St. Jude that is about $1 billion capital and the rest research and technology and programming money. This may be the ultimate litmus test of how far we are from our once legendary inferiority complex.

73. Tennessee Gubernatorial Candidates Tout Support for Farmers -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee's gubernatorial candidates are often keen to tout their support for farmers and rural communities as they campaign around the state. But former state Sen. Mae Beavers says she can outdo any of her rivals in terms of hands-on experience.

74. Top US Fall Destinations -

Fall is my favorite time of year. The cooling temperatures, changing colors and football season all combine to make for a fun time of year.

It’s also a great time to travel. Fall means shoulder season in many top destinations, making travel a bit more affordable. But there also are some destinations that just seem to make more sense from Labor Day to the start of the holiday season at Thanksgiving. Here are my top U.S. fall destinations on my radar for travel this year.

75. Trump Bashes NAFTA in Midst of Talks to Revamp Trade Deal -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Just a week into talks to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement, President Donald Trump is already threatening to abandon the 23-year-old pact with Canada and Mexico.

76. Lakeland's Lake District on Hold after 'Surprise' Foreclosure Notice -

Despite unveiling a new look and layout for the proposed Lake District development at a special meeting late Thursday, developer Yehuda Netanel’s plans were put on ice by Lakeland’s Industrial Development Board. That is at least until the matter of a “surprise” foreclosure notice could be sorted out.

77. Tyson Foods to Expand Operations in Union City -

State officials say Tyson Foods Inc. plans to expand operations in northwest Tennessee, adding more than 300 jobs in the process.

78. Tenn. Officials Announce New Agribusiness Grant -

Tennessee officials are offering a new grant to develop agribusiness in the state.

A state Department of Agriculture news release says the Agriculture Enterprise Fund will award grants to aid agricultural and food businesses, farmers, nonprofits, local governments and other entities in Tennessee, particularly in rural counties. It will support new and expanding business ventures.

79. Downtown Partnership Looks to Breathe New Life into an Old Underpass -

There’s no denying that the railroad underpass on G.E. Patterson Avenue has seen better days. However, a proposed partnership between the Downtown Memphis Commission and the South End Improvement Alliance hopes to change that.

80. Arkansas Task Force To Study Dicamba Weed Killer -

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has directed Secretary of Agriculture Wes Ward and Plant Board director Terry Walker to convene and co-chair a task force to review the dicamba technology, investigate current problems with its use and application, and make long-term recommendations for the future.

81. Last Word: The Orange Mound Way, Midtown Apartments and 'I Am A Man' Plaza -

First day of school redux on Tuesday for students in Memphis Catholic Schools and it is a half-day. The first day of classes in most of the county’s other schools Monday went smoothly. Shelby County Schools reports more than 6,000 students registered on the first day of school despite another concerted effort at numerous events to register students in advance. That’s in a school system of approximately 96,000 students.

82. Arkansas Farmers Optimistic Despite Floods -

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) – While spring floods left many rice farmers with fewer acres of rice than they originally planned, they're hopeful a rising market can offset at least some of the lost acreage.

83. Last Word: School Days, MLGW Moves Off Beale and Room For Peter Pan To Fly -

The K-12 school year begins Monday for most of Shelby County including the state’s largest public school system right here. Some schools have started earlier and some start later. So remember that in your daily travels going forward even if you don’t have school age children.

84. Problems Adrift -

David Ciarloni plants about 140 acres of soybeans on his 925-acre farm that straddles Shelby and Fayette counties. Those acres of beans are safe right now, but Ciarloni, who took over the family farm after his father recently retired, worries about a recent phenomenon that’s being called “dicamba drift.”

85. Agricenter Farmer’s Market Marks 31st Anniversary -

The Agricenter Farmer’s Market is marking its 31st anniversary belatedly with a tote bag in honor of the city’s oldest continuously operating farmers market in the county.

The cotton tote bags, which feature the market’s iconic red barn, are free to the first 400 customers at the market Wednesday, Aug. 2, with a limit of one per customer.

86. HealthChoice Promotes Henning To Director of Population Health -

Sarah Henning has been promoted to director of population health programs at HealthChoice. Henning previously served as manager of the department. In her new role, Henning is responsible for designing, implementing and managing population health and wellness initiatives and programs for the HealthChoice network.
She also collaborates with stakeholders to promote and support these programs and to ensure they meet the needs of the affected populations and adapt with the changing health care environment.

87. Alexander, Corker Look Beyond ‘Skinny Repeal’; Cohen Rant Goes Viral -

Tennessee’s two U.S. senators see the failure of the “skinny repeal” health care bill in the Senate as a missed opportunity.

Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker both supported the measure, along with all but three of the rest of the Republican majority in the Senate. But the bill that would have repealed Obamacare without an immediate replacement and which Republicans senators didn’t want the House to approve and send to President Donald Trump fell short of passage with only 49 votes.

88. Alexander, Corker Look Beyond ‘Skinny Repeal’; Cohen Rant Goes Viral -

Tennessee’s two U.S. senators see the failure of the “skinny repeal” health care bill in the Senate as a missed opportunity.

Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker both supported the measure, along with all but three of the rest of the Republican majority in the Senate. But the bill that would have repealed Obamacare without an immediate replacement and which Republicans senators didn’t want the House to approve and send to President Donald Trump fell short of passage with only 49 votes.

89. All Heart: Carpenter Art Garden Cultivates Community -

On Valentine’s Day a few years ago, a Binghampton boy named Donte Davis combined two of his great loves – art and the Memphis Grizzlies – when he painted a wooden heart featuring the face of his home team’s mascot.

90. How to Avoid Digging With Spoons -

Legend has it that well-known 20th-century economist Milton Friedman once visited a canal-building site in China where thousands of people were digging with shovels to complete the project. Friedman asked the foreman why they didn’t bring in heavy equipment to get the job done better and faster. The foreman told him that would put a lot of people out of work. “In that case, why not have them dig with spoons?” Friedman said.

91. The Week Ahead: July 10-16 -

Hello, Memphis! This week, a supercentenarian World War II veteran visits the Bluff City, a classic film flies into the Orpheum, and a piece of the Downtown skyline hits the auction block again. Check out what else you need to know about in The Week Ahead...

92. Arkansas Panel Allows Temporary Herbicide Ban to Go Forward -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas lawmakers are allowing a temporary ban on an herbicide that's prompted hundreds of complaints from farmers to take effect next week.

The Arkansas Legislative Council's executive subcommittee on Friday took no action on the Plant Board's rule banning the sale and use of dicamba for 120 days. The move allows the ban to take effect on Tuesday unless a majority of the Legislative Council or its chairmen hold a meeting Monday to review the panel's decision.

93. Sprouts’ East Memphis Store to Open July 12 -

Sprouts Farmers Market is set to open its fifth Tennessee store July 12 at 576 S. Perkins Road in East Memphis.

94. Sprouts’ East Memphis Store to Open July 12 -

Sprouts Farmers Market is set to open its fifth Tennessee store July 12 at 576 S. Perkins Road in East Memphis.

95. Soy 'Milk'? Even Federal Agencies Can't Agree on Terminology -

NEW YORK (AP) – Dairy farmers want U.S. regulators to banish the term "soy milk," but documents show even government agencies haven't always agreed on what to call such drinks.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture "fervently" wanted to use the term "soy milk" in educational materials for the public, according to emails recently released in response to a lawsuit. That irked the Food and Drug Administration, the agency that oversees the rule defining milk as coming from healthy cows.

96. Barksdale Fertilizes Relationships Through Agriculture -

William Barksdale is just off a trip to China, but he’s reminiscing about the Mississippi Delta. On sultry summer days spent alongside his father, walking the rows of soybean and cotton fields, Barksdale grew into an awareness of the nobility of farming – the simple grace involved in raising crops that will feed and clothe people.

97. Memphis Farmers Market Opening Court Square Site -

Memphis Farmers Market has announced its second marketplace, MFM2 (Squared), in partnership with Downtown Memphis Commission, in Court Square Downtown. It will be open every Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. beginning June 28 through Sept. 27.

98. Arkansas Panel Approves Temporary Ban on Herbicide -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas took the first steps Friday toward temporarily banning the sale and use of an herbicide that has prompted hundreds of complaints and a federal lawsuit from farmers who say it has caused widespread damage to crops.

99. Last Word: Cyber Attacks, Second Farmers Market Downtown and The Council Way -

It’s on. Shelby County commissioners coming out Wednesday in committee against the idea of ending Justice Department oversight of Juvenile Court. And the discussion was, as always, an interesting one including not only critics like commissioner Van Turner but commissioner Terry Roland and County Mayor Mark Luttrell.

100. Memphis Farmers Market Opening Court Square Site -

Memphis Farmers Market has announced its second marketplace, MFM2 (Squared), in partnership with Downtown Memphis Commission, in Court Square Downtown. It will be open every Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. beginning June 28 through Sept. 27.