by Gloria Wilkerson, Staff Writer for The Times Dispatch
Northeast Arkansas Regional Intermodal Facilities Authority (NEARIFA) board members heard updates on peanut drying facilities under construction in Lawrence and Randolph counties at their meeting on May 24 at Black River Technical College in Pocahontas. They were also encouraged to work diligently to ensure Highway 67 becomes a four-lane expressway from Walnut Ridge into Missouri.
“We should be ready for the fall harvest,” said Jeremy Baltz of Baltz Feed in Pocahontas, which is partnering with the Clint Williams Co. in the peanut business. “The peanuts are planted and growing and should be ready for harvest in September and November.
“Our buildings are almost ready to go up, and our peanut driers should be arriving next week.”