Debt-to-asset ratios are on the rise, working capital is eroding and farmers’ sentiments are on the decline. Despite the negativity surrounding prices and outlooks, Famer Mac is providing a voice of optimism.
Consolidation on the supply side of fresh produce marketers was a theme for 2018, headlined by the Fresh Del Monte Produce purchase of Mann Packing and the 45% stake in Dole Food acquired by Ireland-based Total Produce.
At the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit, The Wonderful Co. will be celebrating an investment of more than $1 billion in the past decade to market pistachios, pomegranate juice and Halo-brand mandarins.
AgriTalk Host Chip Flory brings in Jim Wiesemeyer to cover news from Washington, Greg Henderson and Pamela Riemenschneider cover online produce shopping, and Rhonda Brooks previews Farm Journal's Yield Tour.