Thursday, August 18th 2011 - 22:51 UTC

Rousseff names new Agriculture minister and respects balance in cabinet

Mendes Ribeiro as well as outgoing Rossi and Vice president belong to the all powerful PMDB

Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff named on Thursday lawmaker Mendes Ribeiro as new Minister of Agriculture. The member of Congress from the farming state of Rio Grande do Sul replaces Wagner Rossi who stepped down Wednesday following strong allegations of corruption and irregularities.

Wednesday, August 17th 2011 - 23:42 UTC

La Niña threatens Brazil and Argentina crops says Oil World

Soybean production in South America reached 136.4 million tons in early 2011

South American grain and oilseed production may be in jeopardy from the formation of a La Niña weather pattern, which might curb rainfall in parts of Brazil and Argentina, Oil World said.

Tuesday, August 16th 2011 - 06:23 UTC

Mozambique offers Brazilian farmers 6 million hectares to develop agriculture

Agriculture minister, José Pacheco said the land would be granted under concession for 50 years, renewable for another 50.

The Mozambique government is providing large tracts of land at a symbolic price to Brazilian farmers to produce soy, maize and cotton, Mozambique’s agriculture minister, José Pacheco told Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo.

Tuesday, August 16th 2011 - 06:19 UTC

China wants to buy directly from Brazilian farmers, avoid intermediation

Mato Grosso is Brazil’s main soybean production area

China, the second-largest buyer of soy in the world wants an end to intermediation by US multinational companies working in the sector and plans to invest purchasing directly from farmers in Mato Grosso and another five states in Brazil, according to the Brazilian press.

Monday, August 15th 2011 - 11:56 UTC

USDA estimates Argentine 2011/12 wheat crop at 13.5 million

Exports are also expected to drop by 1.5 million tons compared to July estimate

The coming 2011/12 wheat crop of Argentina will reach 13.5 million tons instead of the 15 million forecasted last July, reported the US Agriculture Department, USDA.

Thursday, August 4th 2011 - 06:28 UTC

Uruguay soy crop reached 1.5 million tons with average yield of 1.788 kilos

Wheat is expected to be the great performer this winter

Soybean was king of corps in Uruguay last summer with 1.5 million tons planted in 862.000 hectares and with an average yield of 1.788 kilos per ha, according to the latest data from the country’s Agriculture Statistics Office, DIEA.

Friday, July 29th 2011 - 10:35 UTC

Brazil begins exporting rice to South Africa, competing with Thailand

Brazil has begun shipping rice to South Africa, competing with Thailand, the largest source of the grain for Africa’s largest economy. A shipment of rice from Brazil’s Santa Catarina state left Santos bound for South Africa this week.

Wednesday, July 27th 2011 - 03:48 UTC

Argentine farmers furious with government’s wheat export policy

Biolcati said that 450.000 tons is peanuts and mean nothing for the farmers’ sector

Argentina liberated 450.000 tons of wheat for export, a decision which is believed to be closely linked to Sunday’s election in the farming province of Santa Fe where the government of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner suffered a major defeat.

Wednesday, July 20th 2011 - 09:22 UTC

Reduced Chinese import makes and cheaper palm oil, see G-3 exports fall

Palm oil is surging as a significant alternative to soy

Soybean processing and exports from the US, Argentina and Brazil, the largest shippers, were below expectations in the second quarter on reduced Chinese imports and competition from palm oil, Oil World said in a Tuesday released report.

Tuesday, July 19th 2011 - 06:05 UTC

Brazil to cut ethanol content in gasoline to ease pressure on sugar market

Poorcane harvest is having a full impact on world international sugar prices

Brazil will reduce the ethanol content in gasoline in another effort to contain inflation since sugar (and ethanol) prices because of a poor crop have been soaring, according to the Sao Paulo press.


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