Thursday, February 11th 2016 - 05:40 UTC

Brazil reopens crucial waterway for transporting soy; water was used to generate power

On Monday a barge train passed downstream on the Tiete River through the locks at the Nova Avanhandava hydro-dam for the first time since 2014, the paper said.

Brazil's Tiete-Parana waterway, a key transport corridor for soybeans, corn, cellulose, fertilizer and other agricultural products, has reopened after a 20-month closure due to drought and the use of water for electricity, the Estado de S. Paulo newspaper reported this week.

Friday, February 5th 2016 - 08:31 UTC

World cereal stocks are set to end 2016 seasons at 642 million tons, higher than they began.

Wheat output in Canada and Russia and maize output in China, Canada and Paraguay drove the upward revision.

Weather patterns associated with El Niño are sending mixed signals about the early prospects for cereal crops in 2016, especially in the Southern Hemisphere, according to FAO's Cereal Supply and Demand Brief, released on Thursday.

Saturday, January 30th 2016 - 12:35 UTC

Glyhphosate court battle in California could turn into lead case

Monsanto said it filed the suit against California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) and the agency’s acting director, Lauren Zeise

Monsanto stepped up its defense of a widely used weed killer by filing a lawsuit in California seeking to prevent glyphosate, the main ingredient in its Roundup herbicide, from being added to the state’s list of known carcinogens.

Saturday, January 16th 2016 - 10:00 UTC

US Dept of Agriculture studying Brazil's success as an agricultural powerhouse

In recent years Brazil has risen to the number one position as an exporter of soybeans.

Over the last 25 years, the US farmer has become increasingly aware of the impact of South American agricultural output on the global supply of grains and oilseeds. For example, in recent years Brazil has risen to the number one position as an exporter of soybeans.

Wednesday, January 13th 2016 - 08:11 UTC

Brazil agribusiness exports, the locomotive of foreign trade

 Brazil exported 54.3 million tons of soybeans; 28.9 million tons of corn; 11.9 million tons of cellulose and the 2 million tons of coffee beans last year

Brazil's total agricultural exports slid 8.8% to US$88.2 billion in 2015, compared to the previous year, despite record sales of soybeans, corn, chicken, coffee and cellulose, officials said. The drop in sales was caused by falling prices for the commodities Brazil sells on the global market, Foreign Agribusiness Relations Secretary Tatiana Palermo said.

Friday, January 8th 2016 - 20:02 UTC

FAO: major food commodities prices declined in 2015 for the fourth year running

The Dairy Price Index subsided 1.0% in December, and over the year was 28.5% below its average level in 2014, the sharpest decline of any food commodity.

Prices of major food commodities declined for the fourth year in a row in 2015, averaging 19.1% below their previous-year's levels, as the dwindling global economy also triggered sharp price falls from metals to energy markets.

Thursday, January 7th 2016 - 09:13 UTC

UN declares 2016 the International Year of Pulses

Pulses are annual leguminous crops yielding between one and 12 grains or seeds of variable size, shape and colour within a pod, used for both food and feed.

The United Nations 68th General Assembly declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses (IYP) and FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) has been nominated to facilitate the implementation of the Year in collaboration with Governments, relevant organizations, non-governmental organizations and all other relevant stakeholders.

Monday, January 4th 2016 - 07:20 UTC

Canada opens its market to Argentine boneless fresh and frozen beef after 13 years

Argentine beef was banned from Canada back in 2001, following an outbreak of foot and mouth disease.

Canada finally made official the opening of its market to Argentine boneless beef, both fresh and frozen. This happens after thirteen years of negotiations, according to an end of the year release from the Argentine ministries of foreign affairs and agriculture and livestock, and the Argentine animal sanitary office. The decision became effective last 17 December.

Tuesday, December 29th 2015 - 21:54 UTC

Environmental groups blame massive deforestation for floods in Mercosur members

“Increasing rainfall and significant loss of forest cover in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, have not allowed the natural absorption of water,” Greenpace said

Deforestation is one of the main causes of the floods in South America that have left at least 160,000 people, 25,000 of them in Argentina alone, homeless, environmental groups said.

Monday, December 28th 2015 - 08:38 UTC

Argentine central bank building reserves: much depends on farmers and bankers

The rate has remained below what minister Prat-Gay hinted as equilibrium rate, 14.20 Pesos per dollar. Since the clamp was lifted, the Peso has been below14-pesos

This short week and the month of January will test if the Argentine administration of president Mauricio Macri can continue to build up Central Bank reserves following on the decision to end the dollar clamp, let the foreign exchange float, together with the prospect of loans and hoarded grain sales.


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