A spate of farmer defaults in Brazil's top grain-producing state, Mato Grosso, has created headaches for global traders who are among farmers' main creditors. | File photo

Brazilian oilseeds group: Traders may cut farmer credit due to defaults

SAO PAULO, (Reuters) – Abiove, Brazil’s oilseeds industry group, said on Tuesday that commodities traders may reduce financing to farmers by around 50 percent for the new crop (2019/20) due to defaults and bankruptcy protection requests in the sector. Patrícia da Silva, Abiove’s tax and legal affairs manager, said the potential reduction in farmer loans […] Read more

A Brazilian court overturned an injunction Sept. 3 that banned products containing glyphosate.
 The decision knocked down a previous ruling that had been set to disrupt the soybean planting season set to begin this month.
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Brazil court overturns earlier ban on glyphosate

BRASÍLIA, Brazil (Reuters) — A Brazilian court overturned an injunction Sept. 3 that banned products containing glyphosate. The decision knocked down a previous ruling that had been set to disrupt the soybean planting season set to begin this month. A Brazilian judge ruled last month to halt the registration of new glyphosate-based products in the country and […] Read more

Farmer Julimar Pansera inspects plants during the soy harvest near the town of Campos Lindos.  |  Ueslei Marcelino photo

Soy boom devours Brazil’s tropical savanna

Permissive land-use policies and cheap farm acreage have helped catapult Brazil into an agricultural superpower


CAMPOS LINDOS, Brazil, (Reuters) — When farmer Julimar Pansera bought land in Brazil’s interior seven years ago, it was blanketed in tiers of fruit trees, twisted shrubs and the occasional palm standing tall in a thicket of undergrowth. He mowed down most of that vegetation, set it ablaze and started planting soybeans. Over the past […] Read more


Total meat exports from Brazil are worth some $14 billion annually,
according to government data. Live cattle exports had grown to be worth
more than $1.5 billion, the ministry said in its statement, without
giving a time frame for that figure. | File photo

Brazil court overturns injunction against live cattle exports

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazil’s government has won a court decision allowing the export of live cattle, overturning an injunction obtained by an animal rights group, the Agriculture Ministry said on Monday. “Victory for Brazilian farming. Exports freed,” Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi said in a statement announcing that a Sao Paulo appeals court had allowed […] Read more