The United Nations has postponed the promotion of former Peruvian first lady Nadine Heredia to a key post in the Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, in Geneva amid a money laundering investigation. The Judicial branch of Peru ordered Heredia to return to the country within 10 days after she left for Switzerland for several days to begin her role as the FAO's Geneva director.
Brazil is getting ready for a blockbuster 2017 harvest and booming exports, amid favorable weather forecasts, according to recent estimates. With a plentiful harvest expected, Brazil’s National Grain Association predicts grain exports will rebound, with soybean exports of 60 MT in 2017, compared with some 51 MT for 2016. Corn exports will increase to 30 MT, compared with some 18.5 MT in 2016, the association reported.
Brazil and Argentina production estimates are going up, but hailstorms ruined soybean and corn crops in Argentina’s Santa Fe Province. However, La Niña is forecast to be relatively mild this year, according to NOAA forecasters.
Cheaper imports from Mercosur and the recovering dairy market will push down EU beef production and prices, states in a long-awaited impact study released by the European Union. Dairy and pigmeat exports will see steady gains, says the report, which looked at the cost of 12 pending trade deals on EU agri-food markets.
World cereal production for 2016 should amount to 2 571 million tonnes, up marginally from FAO's October forecast and 1.5% above the 2015 output. The updated figure, released Monday in the Cereal and Supply Demand Brief, reflects a substantial upgrade of the outlook for world wheat production, which is now expected to rise to 746.7 million tonnes, a 4.3 million increase from FAO's October forecast.
It was in the first three quarters of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015, the Argentine Ministry of Agroindustry reported during the Agricultural Perspectives Conference at the Buenos Aires Cereal Exchange.
Brazilian farmers’ soy and corn yields have been on the rise, according to data from Conab, an agency from the Ministry of Agriculture. Conab just issued a report putting numbers to the yield growth numbers, and it’s clear that not only are acres on the rise for both soybeans and corn, but productivity is up, too.
Bunge and Aceitera General Deheza S.A. (AGD) announced they will jointly invest US$100 million in Puerto General San Martin’s T6 industrial complex and port terminal. Puerto General San Martin is an inland port in Argentina that sits on the Paraná River.
Argentina’s wheat production is estimated at 14.4 million tons in 2016-17 and total exports are estimated at 8.03 million tons, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Services (FAS) said in its latest report. The main market is expected to be Brazil, the historic, natural market for Argentine wheat and flour.
The United States is currently in the midst of an epic cheese glut — with 1.2 billion pounds of cheese sitting in cold storage. This in practical terms means every man, woman, and child would have to grab an extra three pounds chair. That’s over and above the 36 pounds of cheese per year the average American already eats.