Thursday, June 10th 2010 - 06:07 UTC

Brazil expects 145.8 million tons crop in 2010; soybeans area up 7.2%

Soybean fields in the southern states of Brazil

Brazil's crop will reach 145.8 million tons in 2010, up 8.8% from 2009, according to a May projection released on Tuesday by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE). The projection is 0.5% lower than April’s, released in May.

Friday, June 4th 2010 - 22:44 UTC

Soy consumption could help with prostate cancer and baldness, say scientists

The molecule equol found in soy beans “handcuffs” the male hormone DHT

Scientists have claimed that eating soy could help prevent men from developing prostate cancer and from going bald. US researchers found a molecule produced in the intestine when soy is digested stops a hormone which can fuel prostate growth or cause baldness.

Monday, May 31st 2010 - 01:18 UTC

Brazil has become a “haven” for the use of world banned agro-toxics

The country is one of the world’s leading food exporters

Brazil in recent years has become the main destination for agro-toxic products banned in Europe, United States and most of South America’s countries with strong farm sectors. Brazilian farmers make unrestricted use of ten to twelve chemicals which are specifically banned in the European Union, United States and most of South America claims O Estado de Sao Paulo.

Tuesday, May 25th 2010 - 10:26 UTC

Argentina’s Soy King praises Uruguay and its farming revolution

Gustavo Grobocopatel said farming is the right business at the right place

Gustavo Grobocopatel also known as the Soy King of Argentina praised Uruguay’s conditions for corporate growth and said the country in the last seven years has undergone “revolutionary changes”.

Friday, May 21st 2010 - 02:15 UTC

South American bumper soy beans crop to push prices down

Demand is also expected to increase boosted by China

The specialized publication Oil World raised its forecast for the world 2009/2010 soy beans crop in 47.6 million tons compared to the previous season, totalling 258.9 million tons. The upward estimate is boosted by the South American crop which will be 37 million tons larger than the 134 million tons of the 2008/09 harvest.

Friday, May 21st 2010 - 01:31 UTC

Uruguay’s rice harvest reached 1.15 million tons; good prospects for next crop

The total area planted with rice was 161.900 hectares

Uruguay’s 2010 harvest of clean, dry rice reached 1.15 million tons with an average yield per hectare of 7.094 kilos. Total area planted was 161.900 hectares according to Uruguay’s Ministry of Agriculture Statistics Office.

Thursday, May 20th 2010 - 21:07 UTC

Argentine farmers furious with government’s handling of relations with China

Farmers leader Eduardo Buzzi: “this is a total show of irresponsibility”

Argentine Small Farmers Association (FAA) leader Eduardo Buzzi charged against the government over China's decision of suspending all Argentine soybean oil imports which is considered by many as retaliation to some restrictions that the Cristina Fernández de Kirchner's administration imposed on Chinese products.

Tuesday, May 18th 2010 - 04:29 UTC

Cuba scraps bureaucracy to help farmers boost food production

Minister Marino Murillo promised no more delays in farm supplies

Cuba's private farmers will in future purchase supplies directly instead of having them allocated by the state, the government said on Sunday, in the latest concession to demands for more autonomy.

Monday, May 17th 2010 - 05:26 UTC

EU farmers led by France promise to lobby against concessions for Mercosur

Spanish minister Elena Espinosa says nothing has been decided yet

European Union Agriculture ministers will be debating Monday on the impact of Mercosur/EU trade negotiations and the overall EU farm sector competitiveness.

Thursday, May 13th 2010 - 10:47 UTC

US Corn Futures Rise to Two-Month High on Mounting Demand from China

Corn fields are blooming the Midwest according to the USDA

Corn futures rose to a two-month high on mounting demand from China, the world’s second-biggest consumer.


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