News from Brazil

25-09-2014 01:58 AM
Brazil begins dairy exports to Russia
Three so-far-unnamed Brazilian dairy companies have received the proper paperwork to start deliveries to Russia, a representative of the Brazilian Min...
24-09-2014 02:06 AM
Brazil farmland prices soar 17% in 13 months
Brazilian farmland prices soared 17% in a little over a year – but with wide variations between regions, according to data from SLC Agricola, which si...
17-09-2014 01:07 AM
Brazilian meat processors can’t get enough cattle
JBS director Jerry O’ Callaghan told ASA conference delegates that the biggest challenges facing his company is that of procuring sufficient cattle on...
11-09-2014 02:13 AM
Tropical forests illegally destroyed for commercial agriculture
Increasing international demand for palm oil, beef, soy and wood is fuelling the illegal destruction of tropical forests at an alarming rate, accordin...
31-07-2014 01:28 AM
Brazilian farmers demand Monsanto refund their money
Brazilian farmers are asking Monsanto and other producers of pest-resistant corn seeds to reimburse them for money spent on additional pesticides when...
17-06-2014 02:27 AM
Brazilian scientists help Omani farmers increase citrus yields
Two agricultural scientists from the Federal University of Viçosa (UFV), the leading agricultural educational university in Brazil, visited Omani farm...
30-05-2014 01:28 AM
Drought hits Brazil's coffee industry
Brazil's coffee fields are busy at this time of year - from now until September, thousands of coffee pickers will spend their days in the fields strip...
20-05-2014 01:15 AM
Brazil announces $70.5 bn credit line for farm sector
President Dilma Rousseff announced Monday that the government will make available to Brazil's farmers and ranchers a 156.1 billion reais ($70.5 billio...
29-04-2014 02:02 AM
Brazilian cattle ranching policies can reduce deforestation
There is a higher cost to steaks and hamburgers than what is reflected on the price tags at grocery stores and restaurants. Producing food – and beef,...
23-04-2014 03:55 AM
Farmers seeking heat relief signal Brazil climate peril
Brazil may see a mass migration of crops and farm workers from huge swaths of currently tillable lands to more temperate zones as global warming takes...
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...