James Thompson

Smaller Crop in Brazil?
Times are tough on Brazilian farms. Lack of credit for farmers could erase any thoughts of a production increase, which
The Transport Advantage
For years, freight was one of the main factors keeping U.S. farmers competitive with their South American counterparts,
Making Do With Less
In terms of planted area, Brazil's soybean crop got off relatively lightly in the credit collapse that followed
Rui Ottoni Prado wants the Brazilian government to get more aggressive in farm credit. The farmer and agricultural
Brazil's Ag Credit Tight
With no La Nia effect this year, October once again brought the increasingly frequent rainfall that leads up to a new
USDA Report Changes the Picture for Farmers
By August, we were just starting to look for those first rains that would soon signal the start of planting season. And
Biotech Corn in Brazil
While Brazil may be the world's least-cost bean producer, that doesn't hold true with corn. This is why the Brazilian
Chicken Feed
Livestock producers in the U.S. have pointed out that higher corn and soybean prices may be putting a squeeze on their
Jatropha: Brazil's Biodiesel Source?
Around here, a Brazilian farmer once told me, you don't buy land you buy the rainfall. For a country with an excellent
Cashing In On Cane
Egton de Paiva Oliveira wants to get back to working some cattle. After all, the ethanol boom that's driven the value
New Friends, New Fuel
The food vs. fuel game has everyone dashing to take sides. On the pro-ethanol side, there's George Bush and Brazilian
Lost In Translation
You'd think $8 soybeans would send a green light to Brazilian farmers to plant more soybeans. But as planting season
Triple Production In Cerrado
The Ministry of Agriculture confirms that we can triple (grain and oilseed) production without knocking down one more
Exchange Rates, Weather Hold The Key For Brazil Beans
It was the worst of times it was the even worse yet of times, north and south, for Brazilian soybean farmers in April,
Brazil's Ear Pressure
Jos Joaquim Rodrigues, 52, says it's a good year to plant corn in Brazil. Last year he produced 75 hectares, but this

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