• Mindy Ward

    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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    March Madness, College And FFA

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     by Mindy Ward
     on March 21, 2014

    It's that time of year--March Madness. So, what college are you rooting for? Better yet, what college is your child cheering for? Because after all, March Madness for parents with a senior in high school takes on a whole new meaning other than basketball. March is the time of year when students start narrowing their college choices. And my senior really needs to start pitting one college against another in an effort to decide which one will be named "The University." TORN…

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    Blogging Through Brazil

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     by Mindy Ward
     on March 21, 2014

    When I tell people that tomorrow I am headed to Brazil, the first thing they ask is “business or pleasure?” For an ag journalist exploring another country to see how farmers raise crops and cattle is never work; it is always pleasure. I will be traveling with a group of Midwestern farmers as part of Rabo AgriFinance Brazil Tour. Our first stop will be Sao Paulo to learn about agribusiness in the country. Then it is off for six days of plane and bus rides to visit farms in western…

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