The Sweet Stuff: Sugarcane in Brazil and Beyond

The Sweet Stuff: Sugarcane in Brazil and Beyond

We put it in our coffee, use it when baking a cake, and more than likely, you are trying to control how much of it is in your diet. But for such a ubiquitous product, you may not know a lot about what sugar is and where it comes from. Today’s blog will explore sugarcane, a crop that has molded the social, economic, and agricultural development of Latin America and beyond...

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Brazil: Land of Plenty

Brazil: Land of Plenty

Over the last few years, Brazil has been thrust onto the global stage like never before. Years of strong growth during the early 2000s made the country a darling among investors in emerging markets and earned it a distinguished spot within the group of BRIC countries. Just as economic growth was cooling, a successful, if controversial, execution of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics again turned the spotlight on Brazil. More recently, headlines about corruption and political instability have ensured that Brazil has stayed top of mind...

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The Trouble with SanCor

The Trouble with SanCor

There is a popular proverb in Argentina that says: ‘El que se quema con leche, cuando ve una vaca, llora’, which translates to: ‘He who burns himself with milk, cries when he sees a cow.’ Perhaps this phrase has never been manifested so literally as now, with stakeholders in Argentina’s dairy industry close to tears as they await signals about the future of the country’s biggest milk cooperative, SanCor...

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When Life Gives You Lemons: The US-Argentina Lemon Trade Dispute

When Life Gives You Lemons: The US-Argentina Lemon Trade Dispute

Even if you are someone who appreciates lemon meringue pie, lemonade, and a slice of citrus in their soda, you have probably not given much thought to where your lemons come from. If that is the case, you may be surprised to learn that not only is Argentina one of the world’s leading lemon producers, but that for years an intense conflict has been brewing over the import of Argentine lemons into the United States...

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Grab ‘em by the Avocados: Trump, NAFTA, and US Agricultural Trade with Mexico

Grab ‘em by the Avocados: Trump, NAFTA, and US Agricultural Trade with Mexico

Since early in his campaign and now throughout his tenure, President Donald Trump has had multilateral trade agreements, and especially NAFTA, in the crosshairs. He has blamed trade as the main source of strife for the American worker and has railed against trade deals such as NAFTA for exporting jobs overseas. However, as most people involved with the food and farming sector know, American agriculture has benefitted greatly from international trade, and especially trade with Mexico. In today’s post, we’ll take a look at NAFTA and what it has meant for American producers and consumers of agricultural products...

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Ask the Experts: Todd Hubbs, Scott Irwin, and Darrel Good on Corn and Soybean Yields in Argentina and Brazil

Ask the Experts: Todd Hubbs, Scott Irwin, and Darrel Good on Corn and Soybean Yields in Argentina and Brazil

For today’s post we are thrilled to welcome Todd Hubbs, Scott Irwin, and Darrel Good from the University of Illinois. Todd, Scott, and Darrel are regular contributors to the university’s Farmdoc daily and are currently writing a series of articles examining corn and soybean yields in Argentina and Brazil...

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The Only Certainty is Uncertainty: Coping with Uncertainty in the Agricultural Economy

The Only Certainty is Uncertainty: Coping with Uncertainty in the Agricultural Economy

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to attend the International Dairy Foods Association’s Dairy Forum, which in my opinion, is the dairy industry’s premier annual meeting. The conference covers a broad swath of topics, but always provides a close look at the evolution of the political environment and an extrapolation of what it means for the US and global dairy sectors. As you might expect, this year provided much food for thought. As industry experts preached their perspectives and the hallways filled with attendees debating their merits, one theme became abundantly clear. Uncertainty will be the name of the game for the global agricultural economy in the coming years...

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On the Outside Looking In: A Foreigner’s Perspective on the Latin American Dairy Industry

On the Outside Looking In: A Foreigner’s Perspective on the Latin American Dairy Industry

Last week, dairy sector stakeholders from across the world gathered in Curitiba, Brazil to attend the 2nd annual Latin America Dairy Congress put on by Zenith and Agripoint. I was fortunate enough, not only to attend, but to have been given the opportunity to present my observations as a foreigner who lives and works within the dairy sector in the region...

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