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World News: Brazil
Brazil | 16 July 2015
Brazil considers friendlier foreign farmland policy

It was years ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday. Brazilian federal congressman Marcos Montes swooped in on me at a town park in Uberaba, Minas Gerais, and gave me a hearty hug and a smile...


Brazil | 7 July 2015
Brazil's farmers face higher crop costs too

After a strong U.S. dollar and lingering late-season rains made for a big 2014-15 crop, while cushioning the months-long slide in Chicago bean prices, Brazilian farmers blinked awake to see the after-...


Brazil | 1 May 2015
Brazil takes aim at U.S. farm subsidies

After finally turning the page on a dispute over spying that hampered attempts to deepen trade ties, Brazil and the United States may be headed for another clash, this time over U.S. farm subsidies. ...


Brazil | 10 April 2015
Farmers urge return of jaguars to protect crops

Margie Peixoto was driving her pickup across her farm in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul one February afternoon when she spotted some broken corn stalks and a trio of white-lipped peccaries ...


Brazil | 26 January 2015
Brazil drought: worst water crisis in 80 years

Water cuts and blackouts have spread across significant locations of south-east Brazil as a outcome of the worst drought in the country since 1930. The drought has hit Brazil's 3 most populous states:...


Brazil | 27 October 2014
Brazil poised for beef boost

The world is suddenly short of beef, and Brazil could respond by more than doubling its lotfeeding capacity. Less than 10 per cent of Brazil’s current beef production comes from lotfeeding, but the...


Brazil | 22 October 2014
Brazil to double cattle on feedlots as demand for beef rises

Australian beef producers will face increasing competition from Brazil, as it plans to double its feedlot cattle production over the next 10 years. Rural financier Rabobank reports the world's larg...


Brazil | 25 September 2014
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 Ministry of Agriculture said. The new imports will he...


Brazil | 24 September 2014
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 signal the most reliable performance in traditional ...


Brazil | 17 September 2014
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 a weekly basis to meet its processing needs. J...


Brazil | 11 September 2014
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, according to new analysis that suggests nearly half of all...


Brazil | 31 July 2014
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 the bugs killed the crops instead of dying themse...


Brazil | 17 June 2014
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 farmers in the North Al Batinah Governorate to share t...


Brazil | 30 May 2014
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 stripping the bushes and bagging up the beans. But t...


Brazil | 20 May 2014
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 billion) credit line, a hike of 14.7 percent over the pr...


Brazil | 29 April 2014
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, in particular – is a significant source of greenh...


Brazil | 23 April 2014
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 hold, according to leading climate experts in the...


Brazil | 3 April 2014
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 agricultural sector. An amendment to apply a tax know...


Brazil | 28 March 2014
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 production. You might be surprised that Greenp...


Brazil | 24 February 2014
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 water and farmers in the countryside with dying cr...


Brazil | 21 February 2014
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 estimate that confirmed expectations of a rise in s...


Brazil | 5 February 2014
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 supplies for meatpackers such as JBS SA and Minerva S...


Brazil | 19 December 2013
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 analytics firm Celeres said on Wednesday. That is...


Brazil | 18 December 2013
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 the same with wheat. "Already, we are growing wh...


Brazil | 17 December 2013
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 neighboring countries. Spearheading the effort is the B...


Brazil | 12 December 2013
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 87.9 million to 90.2 million tonnes, as farmers finis...


Brazil | 11 December 2013
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 87.9 million to 90.2 million tonnes, as farmers finis...


Brazil | 11 November 2013
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 in two decades. The Observatorio do Clima, or ...


Brazil | 31 October 2013
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 land, reports Sue Branford from Para state. Their...


Brazil | 14 October 2013
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 occupied his property in southeastern Brazil. Adr...