Brazil is the world’s largest exporter of soybeans.

Brazil grain growers launch hotline to report Bayer’s market practices

Concerns remain in the aftermath of Bayer’s purchase of rival Monsanto

Sao Paulo | Reuters – A Brazilian grain growers association has launched a hotline to encourage farmers to report practices on the part of Germany’s Bayer SA that potentially could be anti-competitive, according to a statement sent to Reuters April 23. Aprosoja Brasil, which called the initiative “an awareness campaign,” aims to galvanize farmers to […] Read more

JBS predicts profits will be stronger this year

Sao Paulo | Reuters — JBS SA executives said Friday the Brazilian meat company will deliver higher earnings in 2019 on strong demand for beef in the U.S. and Australia as well as growing Chinese demand for various proteins. Still, first-quarter results will reflect lower cattle availability in the U.S. due to rains and a […] Read more

A highway in Mato Grosso, Brazil. Each year, many highways in the state see high volumes of truck traffic as they move to get grains to port.

Road and rail investments considered in Brazil

Five exporters are considering a joint venture to tackle logjams that slow export deliveries

Sao Paulo | Reuters – The world’s big four agriculture traders and Brazilian rival Amaggi could make a joint bid to operate a road connecting Brazil’s grain belt to northern ports, while also considering an investment in a parallel railway, said the firm that conducted a study on the potential venture. Archer Daniels Midland Co. […] Read more

JBS posts narrower-than-expected quarterly loss

Sao Paulo | Reuters — Brazil-based food company JBS SA on Tuesday posted a narrower than expected quarterly loss on the back of a strong performance by its Seara processed foods and Brazil beef divisions, and resilience in certain of its U.S. operations. Seara booked net sales of 4.9 billion reais (C$1.72 billion) last quarter, […] Read more

Russia to resume beef, pork imports from Brazil

Moscow/Sao Paulo | Reuters – Russia’s agriculture safety watchdog said on Wednesday it would allow imports of beef and pork from nine Brazilian plants beginning on Thursday, ending an 11-month ban triggered by concerns about the safety of their meat products. Russia’s Rosselkhoznadzor had placed temporary restrictions on imports of pork and beef products from […] Read more

Hog industry worldwide getting slaughtered in trade war

Beijing/Chicago/Carambei | Reuters – Ken Maschhoff, chairman of the largest U.S. family-owned pork producer, has watched profits fall as trade tensions rise between the United States and China. His company, The Machhoffs, has halted U.S. projects worth up to $30 million and may move some operations overseas. Investing in domestic operations now would be “ludicrous” […] Read more