Author - Curtis Lanning

Magazine March 2019 Startup AR

Rabbit Ridge Farms

By Curtis Lanning Not far from Damascus sits Rabbit Ridge Farms. Just how rural is this place? Alan Mahan, who runs the farm with his wife, says it is seven miles away from a traffic signal, and getting a jug of milk is a 30-minute journey. Farming is in Mahan’s blood. His grandfather arrived...

Magazine March 2019

Ralston Family Farms

by Curtis Lanning In Atkins, Ralston Family Farms is growing sustainable rice, a crop more commonly grown in the Delta. Tim Ralston has called the River Valley home for years.  “We’ve been farming here since 1999,” he says. The area around his farm was predominantly dry land. But Ralston...

Magazine March 2019 Startup AR

Grass Roots Farmers’ Cooperative

By Curtis Lanning In the town of Clinton, in north-central Arkansas, is Grass Roots Farmers’ Cooperative. Founder Cody Hopkins describes his startup as a farmer-owned e-commerce company that makes it easy for families to order pasture-raised meats from family-owned farms in Arkansas, Texas...

Magazine March 2019

Starting From The Ground Up

by Curtis Lanning Need to get from A to B? There’s Uber. Looking to have food delivered from a myriad of available restaurants? There’s DoorDash. Need a small loan from your upcoming paycheck? There’s Earnin. And while each of these apps has accomplished something great, we can’t assume...

August 2018

Embracing the Robotic Revolution

By Curtis Lanning In July, Arkansas Money and Politics showed how robots were being used in the operating room, but there are so many other industries and organizations across The Natural State making use of these new technologies. One of those areas is retail. And the country’s largest retailer...

August 2018

A Shot in the Arm

Lineus Medical Lineus Medical was started in 2015 and has since designed a product to prevent IV lines from being pulled out. The founder, Spencer Jones, was working as a registered nurse when he kept seeing the same problem: Patients were pulling out their IV catheters accidentally and on...