Brazilian soybean growers facing changes in production, economics

Laws, Forrest
March 2005
Southeast Farm Press;3/9/2005, Vol. 32 Issue 8, p23
Trade Publication
The article focuses on the changes faced by Brazilian soybean growers. Bags of seed sold by Sementes Monica, the seed producing arm of the Grupo Monica holding company in Rondonopolis in north central Brazil, carry a small green logo with two small soybean leaves. By this time next year, those bags may also carry a small "RR" or whatever the initials are for Roundup Ready in Portuguese. After years of an official ban on transgenic crops, Brazil's government is expected to finally give formal approval to the planting of Roundup Ready soybeans by the end of 2005. Grupo Monica was once a much larger operation. Grupo Monica also operates grain storage and elevator facilities, cotton gins and a flying service at its locations in Mato Grosso.


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