News

February 20
Black Gold Farms hires Kerwin Bradley, former commercial leader of J.R. Simplot’s Innate potatoes

Black Gold Farms has added accomplished potato producer Kerwin Bradley to its leadership team. Bradley has joined the organization as its chief production officer (CPO). His duties will be to support all aspects of crop production and sit on the e... more


February 19
Levity technology keeps nitrogen in amine form to improve yields

Nitrogen is the most used and least understood of all agricultural nutritional inputs. Typically, only a third of applied nitrogen is taken up by crops. However, the effect that the form of nitrogen is delivered in has a direct relation on how and wh... more


February 19
Idaho bill would create negotiating period for potato growers, frozen processors

A bill introduced in the Idaho House of Representatives would create an annual negotiating period between a state potato grower association and frozen potato processors. House Bill 121, introduced Feb. 11, would designate the period between Oct. 3... more


February 14
APHIS announces additions, removals from PCN infested area

On Nov. 5, 2018, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) added a 147-acre field to the pale cyst nematode (PCN) infested area in Bingham County, Idaho. APHIS took this action based on the confirmations of PCN cysts in soil samples from... more


February 13
Dewulf unveils first mounted three-row belt planter

Dewulf will introduce the mounted variant of the Structural 30 for the first time at the SIMA ’19 agricultural trade show in Paris. With the introduction of this machine, the manufacturer brings to market the world's first mounted three-row belt... more


February 11
Fresh potatoes to China: members of Congress write letter to Trump

The push to get fresh U.S.-grown potatoes to China has reached President Donald Trump in the form of a letter signed by 39 members of Congress. The letter, dated Feb. 8, urges the President to include fresh potatoes as part of his administration... more


February 11
Oil-free vacuum pump debuted by Atlas Copco

Atlas Copco’s Industrial Vacuum division has launched the DHS 065-200 VSD+ dry screw vacuum pump. It is designed to offer lower lifecycle costs, higher productivity, less energy consumption and easy maintenance. Built for rapid cycling and conti... more


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February 9
Keith Kelling inducted to Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association Hall of Fame

University of Wisconsin-Madison Soil Scientist Keith Kelling was inducted into the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association Hall of Fame at the industry’s annual awards banquet held Feb. 6, 2019 in Stevens Point. The Wisconsin Potato &... more


February 8
Wheatsheaf Group buys controlled-atmosphere company Purfresh

Wheatsheaf Group Limited recently purchased a majority stake in Purfresh, a global provider of controlled atmosphere systems. Purfresh systems are marketed as reducing the risk of high-value cargo loss through spoilage in refrigerated ocean shipp... more


February 7
Nutrien acquires soil health tech company Actagro for $340 million

Nutrien Ltd. has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase 100 percent of the equity of Actagro LLC, a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of environmentally sustainable soil and plant health products and technologies. Actagro’s port... more



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