News from Brazil

03-04-2014 02:59 AM
Brazil's Congress strikes down soy tax proposal
Brazil's Congress struck down on Wednesday a proposal to impose new taxes on the internal soy market after fierce opposition from the country's agricu...
28-03-2014 02:20 AM
Brazil, and the world, ought to invest in ecological farming
On Tuesday I joined a panel at the Global Agribusiness Forum in São Paolo (Brazil) to talk about the impacts of climate change on agriculture and food...
24-02-2014 03:59 AM
Drought could drain more than Brazil's coffee crop
Brazil, a country usually known for its rainforests, has been facing a severe drought in its breadbasket region, leaving people in the cities without ...
21-02-2014 08:54 AM
Soybeans ease on Brazil rain relief and U.S. acreage
U.S. soybeans eased on Thursday to consolidate below a five-month high as the market was cooled by improving weather in Brazil and a U.S. government e...
05-02-2014 00:53 AM
Brazilian cattle price surges to record as heat chars pastures
Brazilian cattle is trading at the highest level ever as heat scorches dry grazing fields in the top beef-exporting country, threatening livestock sup...
19-12-2013 10:50 AM
Brazil GMO planting to increase by 6.8 percent this season
Brazil will increase the amount of land planted with genetically modified soy, corn and cotton by 6.8 percent this season to increase yields, local an...
18-12-2013 10:01 AM
Brazil adapts wheat production to tropics
Over decades, Brazil revolutionised its agriculture by adapting production of soybean, milk, meat and corn to tropical conditions. Now it aims to do t...
17-12-2013 11:12 AM
Scientists help Brazilian farmers adapt to climate change
Hundreds of scientists are helping Brazil’s giant agricultural sector prepare for the effects of climate change and anticipate pests that hit neighbor...
12-12-2013 08:14 AM
Brazil sees record soy crop, raises wheat outlook
Brazil's government crop supply agency forecast record soybean output of 90.03 million tonnes on Tuesday, near the top of its previous forecast of 87....
11-12-2013 10:35 AM
Brazil sees record soy crop, raises wheat outlook
Brazil's government crop supply agency forecast record soybean output of 90.03 million tonnes on Tuesday, near the top of its previous forecast of 87....
11-11-2013 01:51 AM
Brazil greenhouse gas emissions lowest in 20 years
A Brazilian network of environmental groups says emission levels of greenhouse gases in Latin America's biggest country fell last year to their lowest...
31-10-2013 02:31 AM
Poor Amazon farming community scores land victory
After more than a century of struggle, poor Brazilian farming families along the Tapajos river, a tributary of the Amazon, have won rights to their la...
14-10-2013 02:03 AM
Brazilians get jail for killing farmers
A ranch owner has been sentenced to more than 100 years in prison for ordering and taking part in the 2004 killing of five landless farmworkers who oc...
03-10-2013 01:50 AM
Brazil property rights: Tribes and farmers battle to the death
Early one morning in May, gunfire rang out in a rural encampment of the indigenous Terena tribe in southwestern Brazil, killing Oziel Gabriel, who had...
19-09-2013 03:13 AM
Amazon deforestation due in part to soybean growing
Fighting deforestation of the Amazon for cattle raising and farming is one of the great rallying cries of the world's conservationists. And, while ...
04-09-2013 01:52 AM
Brazil faces drop in crops
Higher temperatures, drastic changes in rainfall, lower productivity, more blight and disease − these are just some of the expected consequences of cl...
02-09-2013 01:51 AM
Cattle ranching goes green in the Brazilian Amazon
In a remote corner of the Brazilian Amazon, farmer Lacir Soares is promoting sustainable cattle rearing that shuns deforestation and meets the environ...
16-08-2013 04:07 AM
July frosts reduce Brazil wheat, coffee output
Late-July frosts that fell on Brazil's south caused significant losses to this season's wheat and next year's coffee crops, the farm secretary of Para...
13-08-2013 02:46 AM
Inherit the earth: Land reform in Brazil
As a key determinant of who has power and who doesn't, battles over land have been fought from time immemorial. One of the earliest may have been led ...
06-08-2013 01:35 AM
Brazil soybeans could overtake U.S. by 2015
Brazil could consistently grow more soybeans than the U.S. as soon as 2015, the head of soy growers' association Aprosoja said Monday. Brazil is ex...
02-08-2013 03:41 AM
Brazil’s bin-busting soybean harvest could impact U.S. prices
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates indicate Brazil is neck and neck with the United States in total soybean production. USDA estimates...
29-07-2013 04:07 AM
Brazil develops ‘superfoods’ to fight hidden hunger
In less than 10 years, consumers throughout Brazil will have access to eight biofortified “superfoods” being developed by the country’s scientists. A ...
26-07-2013 03:19 AM
Brazil develops “superfoods” to fight hidden hunger
In less than 10 years, consumers throughout Brazil will have access to eight biofortified “superfoods” being developed by the country’s scientists. A ...
23-07-2013 02:15 AM
Brazil continues to increase agricultural yields
With yields and exports increasing and technology better than ever before, Brazil has risen to be a forerunner in the agricultural industry. Marcos...
11-07-2013 02:48 AM
Brazil's challenging ag environment
Brazilian farms have the ultimate advantage – year-round growing weather. But somehow it's not used to its full advantage, mostly because of poor infr...
14-06-2013 11:58 AM
In Brazil, farmers ripping out orange trees
Rising costs and low rewards have Brazil’s orange growers tearing their trees out. Antonio Jose Magalhaes de Nelo–whose farm near the town of Cafel...
13-06-2013 09:35 AM
Brazil’s indigenous activists step protests over land rights
Indigenous activists occupied the headquarters of a federal agency here Tuesday as part of mounting protests against government policies and the const...
12-06-2013 10:34 AM
Will fertiliser companies lose Brazil's business forever?
Around two years ago, Brazil declared its intention to wean itself off of fertilizer imports by 2020. While acknowledging that it could not fully meet...
10-06-2013 08:44 AM
Brazil’s JBS to pay up to $3-billion for poultry unit
Brazil’s JBS SA, the world’s largest meat packer, will pay as much as $3-billion (U.S.) in cash and assumed debt for the Seara Brasil poultry unit of ...
06-06-2013 09:00 AM
Brazil boosts agriculture budget by 18%
Agriculture Minister Antonio Andrade said that this plan will finance the entire production and marketing cycle, everything from seed and feed for liv...
05-06-2013 08:57 AM
Brazil farmers get financial aid
Brazil's government Tuesday unveiled an 18% increase in farm credit available for the 2013-2014 harvest with the aim of raising the country's agricult...
05-06-2013 08:50 AM
Brazil allocates $68 bn to agriculture sector
The Brazilian government has announced that it is increasing the amount of money available for subsidized loans to the farm sector by 18 percent to 13...
30-05-2013 10:07 AM
Brazil to boost lending to farming sector by a fifth
Brazil will boost subsidized credit lines to farmers by a fifth to 140 billion reais ($67 billion) in the upcoming 2013/14 season, a senior government...
30-05-2013 10:05 AM
Big three farm manufacturers banking big on Brazil
Farm implement manufacturers are banking big on Brazil. The big three – Deere & Co., AGCO Co. and CNH Global N.V. – are making important investments i...
29-05-2013 09:55 AM
Brazil World Cup kick-starts billionaire boon as farmers lose
Monica Piaia’s catering company in downtown Cuiaba, the capital of the Brazilian grain-belt state of Mato Grosso, is doing so well that she has triple...
15-05-2013 10:14 AM
Brazilian Agriculture Confederation supports government decision to take responsibility for delimiting of indigenous territories
Today, for several reasons, the indigenous question occupies a prominent place on the agenda of the Brazilian government, the Congress, the Justice an...
14-05-2013 10:06 AM
Agricultural Expansion In Amazon Will Only Decrease Productivity
Widespread agricultural expansion in Brazil destroys equally as much rainforest, negating any benefits for the region. In fact, researchers, publishin...
10-05-2013 10:42 AM
Amazon clearance for agriculture is 'economic own goal' for Brazil
Brazil is at risk of scoring an economic own goal if it continues clearing Amazon forest for herding and soya production, according to a new study tha...
29-04-2013 10:07 AM
FG Woos Brazillian Agric Investors
Given the advanced technology in farming in Brazil, Nigeria has called for a close partnership with the country for the development of its agriculture...
24-04-2013 09:39 AM
Global economic benefits of GM crops reach almost $100 billion
In the sixteenth year of widespread adoption, crop biotechnology has delivered an unparalleled level of farm income benefit to the farmers, as well as...
22-04-2013 10:10 AM
Coffee fungus gives industry jitters
If you are enjoying a cup of Central American organic fair trade coffee, take a minute to savor it. A rampant disease spreading throughout the region ...
19-04-2013 09:26 AM
Brazil, Latin American farmers targeted by biotech
Monsanto beat expectations in its earnings report Wednesday. The company's recent strong performance opens a window into the explosive technological g...
07-04-2013 10:20 AM
Brazil to receive grant to promote low-carbon agriculture
Brazil is to receive funding to provide small and medium farmers with grants to encourage the adoption of sustainable farming methods in states critic...
05-04-2013 09:33 AM
Amazon faces renewed risk from cattle
Rising foreign demand for beef and soybeans will tempt Brazil to clear more of the Amazon rainforest, in a reversal of recent success in slowing fores...
04-04-2013 09:25 AM
Brazil, Latin American farmers targeted by biotech
Monsanto beat expectations in its earnings report Wednesday. The company's recent strong performance opens a window into the explosive technological g...
26-03-2013 06:48 AM
Brazil supermarkets 'to avoid Amazon meat'
The main group representing supermarkets in Brazil says it will no longer sell meat from cattle raised in the rainforest. The Brazilian Association...
01-03-2013 08:58 AM
Brazil drought dries up milk production
Like they do every day just after the sun begins to rise, dairy farmers on horses or motorbikes arrive at the biggest dairy cooperative here to drop o...
28-02-2013 07:14 AM
Monsanto loses lawsuit brought by Brazilian farmers
Well seldom do the little guys win. Well they did in Brazil. The farmers contended that the RR1 Patent expired in 2010 not 2014 as alleged by Monsan...
20-02-2013 09:05 AM
Brazil set for record grain crop
Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff claimed that Brazil's grain production for 2013 will reach a record high of 185 million tons. The president made...
18-02-2013 09:36 AM
World's wealthy buy up overseas farms
As a growing population stresses the world's food and water supplies, corporations and investors in wealthy countries are buying up foreign farmland a...