Brazil's farmers set sights on expansion

Laws, Forrest
April 2005
Southeast Farm Press;4/6/2005, Vol. 32 Issue 10, p5
Trade Publication
The article discusses the conditions of farmers in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil. The lime deposits and increasingly crowded conditions in southern Brazil sparked a migration from the South into Mato Grosso, Goias and Minas Gerais. That and soybean varieties specifically adapted for the tropical climate. The biggest problem Brazilian farmers face--other than the erosion in the value of their currency--is the transportation system. Most of the soybeans and cotton grown in Mato Grosso have to be trucked 1,000 to 1,300 miles over two lane roads. Mato Grosso's governor, Blairo Maggi, who happens to be the country's largest soybean producer, is trying to remedy that. But, unlike its farmers, government projects move slowly in Brazil. That may be U.S. farmers' best hope for slowing the Brazilian juggernaut for now.


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