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

February 7
Oregon Potato Commission CEO Bill Brewer to retire this summer

The longstanding CEO of the Oregon Potato Commission, Bill Brewer, is set to retire this summer. The Capital Press reported Brewer, 68 — one of the most prominent figures in the growth of the Oregon potato industry — will call it a career on... more

February 7
Women in agriculture encouraged to take part in stress-related survey

Women in agriculture are encouraged to take part in a national survey on agriculture-related stress. The survey is part of project called “Cultivating Resiliency for Women in Agriculture,” which is sponsored by American Agri-Women, Distri... more

February 6
USDA seeking nominations for agricultural trade advisory committees

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), in cooperation with the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), is accepting nominat... more

February 6
Bob Evans Farms debuts new line of steamable potato wedges

Bob Evans Farms recently announced the addition of a steamable line of flavored potato wedge side dishes. The new product line launched with three varieties: Sea Salt Red Potato Wedges Steak House Red Potato Wedges Garlic Red Potato Wedges... more


February 6
Wisconsin ‘Spudmobile’ gets fresh look

Wisconsin’s traveling billboard and mobile education unit officially has a facelift. The 37.5-foot RV that is appropriately called “The Wisconsin Spudmobile,” is showing off its brand-new exterior wrap which will debut in none other than th... more

February 5
Non-GMO acrylamide reducer introduced by Kerry, Renaissance BioScience

Acrylamide is fast becoming a big concern for the food industry, due to the growing body of evidence of its role as a potential carcinogen. Acryleast is a new fully non-GMO solution for acrylamide reduction brought to market by Kerry, the world leadi... more

February 4
Produce Marketing Association adds role of chief content officer

The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) has named its first chief content officer. Dan Stark joined the organization in January 2019 and will be responsible for providing leadership to the organization’s marketing, communications and education effo... more

February 3
Fungicide mancozeb could be banned for Canadian growers

Potato growers in Canada are facing a ban on the fungicide mancozeb. The Pest Management Regulatory Agency of Health Canada, a federal organization, has recommended that use of the product be banned on potatoes and most other crops. Health Canada ... more

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