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A tract of Amazon jungle burns as it is cleared by farmers at Rio Pardo in Brazil’s Rondonia state on Sept. 15, 2019. (File photo: Reuters/Ricardo Moraes)

Brazil’s JBS bought 301,000 cattle from ‘irregular’ farms in Amazon, audit finds

Prosecutors 'negotiating improvements' with companies

Sao Paulo | Reuters — Nearly a third of the cattle bought by JBS SA in the Brazilian Amazon state of Para came from ranches with “irregularities” such as illegal deforestation, prosecutors found in a 2020 audit of the world’s largest meatpacker released on Thursday. In a presentation, federal prosecutors said they were “negotiating improvements”

Soy growers criticize Brazil antitrust ruling

Reuters – Brazilian soybean producers’ group Aprosoja, representing 240,000 farmers, has criticized federal antitrust agency CADE’s decision to clear a joint venture formed by rivals Bayer AG, Corteva and Syngenta. The joint venture (JV) was approved by CADE unconditionally in early August and offers a platform for the collection of royalties from genetically modified soybeans


Sergio Rocha, executive director of a cannabis cultivation research project, works in a greenhouse at Brazil’s Federal University of Vicosa on Aug. 18, 2021. (Photo: Reuters/Washington Alves)

Cannabis firms catch whiff of opportunity in Brazil

Canadian producers among those now supplying Brazilian market

Sao Paulo | Reuters — International cannabis companies are showing interest in Brazil, both its large consumer market for medicinal products and a proposal that could legalize planting of the crop. Major producers such as Colombia’s Clever Leaves and Canada’s Canopy Growth are developing and selling medicinal cannabis products to a Brazilian consumer segment estimated


Top soy producer Brazil to boost plantings for 15th year: Datagro

Top soy producer Brazil to boost plantings for 15th year: Datagro

Brazil’s soybean area poised to jump four per cent

Reuters – Buoyed by strong demand, Brazilian farmers are poised to expand their soybean area for the 15th consecutive year, a survey by agribusiness consultancy Datagro released July 30 showed. The area planted with soybeans in the world’s largest producer and exporter is expected to increase by four per cent to 40.57 million hectares in


Brazil soy farmers get cash for rendering ‘environmental services’

Brazil soy farmers get cash for rendering ‘environmental services’

Reuters – Brazilian soy farmers are being paid for promoting sustainable agriculture, according to the organizers of a new initiative involving 55 growers in Maranhão and Mato Grosso states, in the heart of Brazil’s farm country. The program, which rewards producers for their “environmental services,” highlights mounting pressure on farmers and businesses to produce food

Brazil asks China to clarify new soy standard, official says

Brazil asks China to clarify new soy standard, official says

Reuters – Brazil has asked China to clarify certain aspects of a new national soybean standard that changes quality requirements for the grain, including how they will be implemented and assessed, a Brazilian Agriculture Ministry official said. China’s proposed new standard for the oilseeds, currently under discussion at the World Trade Organization, is expected to

Rising beef prices squeeze carnivores from Buenos Aires to California

China’s appetite and higher feed prices see beef prices rise around the globe for consumers

Reuters – Beef prices are surging worldwide, taking meat off the menu in steak-loving Buenos Aires and spoiling summer barbecues in the United States as Chinese imports rise and the cost of feeding cattle soars. Globally, the surge is contributing to the highest food prices since 2014, according to the United Nations food agency, hitting



Bunge’s agent overturns Brazil injunction blocking access to key port

Bunge’s agent overturns Brazil injunction blocking access to key port

Reuters – Brazil’s Litoral Soluções, an unlisted port agent representing U.S. grain trader Bunge, won the reversal of an injunction blocking its right to ship grains from a key southern Brazilian port’s public terminal. The ruling, by Judge João Carlos Franco, overturned his own earlier decision suspending the contract. A final court decision is still