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    Blogging Through Brazil: Exportese

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     by Mindy Ward
     on March 29, 2014

    U.S. farmers can now truly understand the road a single seed takes from being planted in a field in Mato Grosso to ending up in the belly of a cargo ship at the Guaruja port on the western coast. The last stop on the Rabo AgriFinance Brazil Tour took American farmers to the TEG-Louis Dreyfus & Cargill Terminal in the Santo Amaro island. And as we had seen across the countryside this week, there were trucks lined up to deliver grain. Some traveled more than 1,250 miles of rough terrain to…

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    Blogging Through Brazil: Wacky Weather

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     by Mindy Ward
     on March 28, 2014

    It is raining in Brazil. The wet weather dampened the Rabo AgriFinance Brazil Tour plans to visit the Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park for a 3-hour walking tour. But just as in the U.S., weather in Brazil can change plans and production. For Brazil farmers this year’s weather with its combination of drought and precipitation are taking a toll on yields. Right now, the country’s soybean harvest is in its final stretch. According to the farmers we visited, the soybean crop will…

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    Blogging Though Brazil: Extreme Farm

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     by Mindy Ward
     on March 27, 2014

    Farmers on the Rabo AgriFinance Brazil Tour farm got a look at how Brazil’s farmers diversify to remain competitive and profitable. Gilberto Goellner raises seed, grain, beans, timber and cattle throughout Brazil. We visited just two of his locations in Mato Grosso. And the size of his operation is impressive in any country. Here is a rundown of his farm by the numbers: •59,280 acres of soybeans •11,856 acres of cotton •14,326 acres of corn •17,290 acres of…

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    Blogging Through Brazil: Seed Production

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     by Mindy Ward
     on March 26, 2014

    After the cold winter in the U.S., it was good to see farmers smiling while perusing lush green fields of soybeans, corn and pearl millet, even if it wasn’t their own. Tuesday’s travels with Rabo AgriFinance Brazil Tour took farmers from the upper Midwest to seed production operations in Brazil. Located in the Petrovina hill area, known as one of Brazil’s best grain crop growing areas due to its altitude and constant climate conditions, is Adriana Seed Company. The company…

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    Blogging Through Brazil: Holy Rough Roads!

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     by Mindy Ward
     on March 25, 2014

    We heard the story. We saw the photographs. But really, nothing can prepare you for traversing the Brazilian countryside. Rather than a relaxing drive taking in the scenery, I felt more like a bobblehead doll in the front seat. Earlier in the morning Andy Duff, executive manager of research for Rabobank Brazil, explained that the roads in rural areas of Brazil were of “poor quality.” By evening, the U.S. farmers and ranchers from the Midwest experienced first-hand just how…

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    Animal Activists, Leave My Kid Alone

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     by Mindy Ward
     on February 28, 2014

    Yes, I monitor my daughter’s Facebook account. And today, I am not pleased at the level animal activists, more specifically the vegan community, will go to cajole young teens into their lifestyle. As I scroll through her newsfeed, I run across one of those “Like this page” requests. Its icon is a cute little cartoon pig. Its Facebook page name is “SaveFarmAnimals.” Its category is education. So, I click through. What I find is a page that has a photo of a kitten…

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    Local Food Fight

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     by Mindy Ward
     on July 31, 2013

    Where does your food come from? Well just pick up any local grocery flyer and you may see a familiar face. But now I am confused. Which farmer raises the best product? Which store should I choose? Like many other consumers, I scour the local grocery advertisements to see what is on sale this week. Recently, I have been put in a quandary. Two large grocery store chains are using photos of farm families alongside their produce. I know their individual name, farm name, hometown and state…

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    Finding Seasonal Fresh Produce On The Road

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     by Mindy Ward
     on July 8, 2013

    I am the first to admit that pulling into a farmer's market is a little overwhelming. I am not a vegetable connoisseur. The row upon row of green, red and purple fruits and vegetables has been known to cause mild anxiety attacks. Which one do I pick? How do I prepare it? Well, if you are a fresh produce novice like me, help is on the way. The University of Missouri Extension released a free smart phone application for iPhone, iPad and Android based on its publication Seasonal and…

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    Get To Grillin'

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     by Mindy Ward
     on May 28, 2013

    Pork steaks from Mizzou Meat Market-$7.16 Propane tank filled-$20 The smell of barbecue on the grill-Priceless. Memorial Day weekend kicks off our family's barbecue season. It brings about the sights, sounds and smells of summer. And I don't care if you are cooking up beef, pork, chicken, turkey or lamb, for our family, it just does not get any better than that. Honestly, I am not sure how those who are vegans can resist the smell of a slab of meat cooking on the grill, my mouth…

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    Gas At $6.37 Per Gallon

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     by Mindy Ward
     on May 14, 2013

    I recently attended a day-long workshop focused on technology and innovation for the dairy industry. Spending a day with Kiwis was a fun experience. From their dialect to their discussions on agriculture, I realized that agriculture producers could share a bond that transcends continents, if they are willing to see what they have in common and appreciate their differences. In the morning, we set out to visit a farm north of Kansas City that was using a New Zealand company fencing system…

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