Brazilian meatpacker BRF SA has admitted to bribing food inspectors with bank deposits and health benefits, police said October 1, although the company itself avoided raids as it was cooperating with the latest phase of the corruption probe. | BRF photo

Brazil meatpacker BRF admits to bribing inspectors with money, benefits

SAO PAULO, (Reuters) – Brazilian meatpacker BRF SA has admitted to bribing food inspectors with bank deposits and health benefits, police said October 1, although the company itself avoided raids as it was cooperating with the latest phase of the corruption probe. Police said the fourth phase of the so-called Weak Flesh investigation involved evidence […] Read more

Brazil plans to introduce a 750,000-tonne tariff-free quota for wheat imports from countries outside of the South American Mercosur trade bloc in November, a government official said on Monday. | File photo

Brazil’s tariff-free wheat import quota to be implemented in November

SAO PAULO, (Reuters) – Brazil plans to introduce a 750,000-tonne tariff-free quota for wheat imports from countries outside of the South American Mercosur trade bloc in November, a government official said on Monday. Flavio Bettarello, the agriculture ministry’s assistant secretary for trade and foreign relations, told an industry conference that enforcing the new tariff-free quota […] Read more

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

SAO PAULO, April 23 (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 statement sent to Reuters on Tuesday. Aprosoja Brasil, which called the initiative “an awareness campaign,” aims to galvanize farmers to […] Read more


Brazil land costs hurt soy expansion as focus shifts to yields

VERA, Brazil (Reuters) – Brazilian farmers looking to expand soybean acreage next season to meet strong Chinese appetite will have to weigh rising land costs in farm country, growers and analysts said on a crop tour of fields in Mato Grosso. Producers in the country’s No.1 grain state may prefer to spend the returns from […] Read more

Brazil’s bartering farmers raise risks for Canada’s Nutrien

WINNIPEG, Manitoba/SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Taking a page from its aggressive growth strategy in the United States, cash-rich Canadian fertilizer giant Nutrien Ltd. plans to plow investment into Brazil in a bid to reap up to 30 percent of farm supply sales in fertile pockets of the country. But business in Brazil’s farm sector – […] Read more


Brazil’s early soy harvesting hampered by rains – forecaster

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – A cold front which is prompting rains in the southeast and centre-west of Brazil may delay early soy harvesting work in the leading grain producing state of Mato Grosso, weather forecaster Marco Antonio dos Santos said in a Monday report. Rains should continue throughout the week in the centre of the […] Read more

Brazil farmers run out of space as bumper crops pile up

SORRISO, Brazil, Aug 17 (Reuters) – At a warehouse in the heart of Brazil’s agriculture sector, farmer Rafael Bilibio watches truck after truck line up to unload corn onto the ground outside the huge storage bins. His own corn, ready for unloading from a 50-tonne truck that has just pulled in, is destined to join […] Read more