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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Feeding Fido: Pet Food as a Promising Agricultural Sector

Feeding Fido: Pet Food as a Promising Agricultural Sector

When we think about agriculture and agricultural products, what we put into our pet’s bowl is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. Nevertheless, the pet food industry is an important one whose product utilizes many agricultural commodities as inputs. As human demographics shift and evolve, we would expect to see these changes reflected in pet ownership, creating numerous opportunities for the pet food industry...

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Argentina's Agriculture Sector Open for Business? Prove It.

Argentina's Agriculture Sector Open for Business? Prove It.

Since taking office on December 10th of last year, president Mauricio Macri has made a concerted effort to restore Argentina’s relevance on the global stage. Unlike his most recent predecessors, who attempted to insulate the country from international competition and shunned interaction with certain nations, especially the United States, Macri rapidly implemented a number of policies and measures designed to reinsert, and amplify, Argentina’s role in global commerce...

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The Wheat Between Us

The Wheat Between Us

When Katherine Lee Bates wrote the lyrics for ‘America, the Beautiful’ in 1893 (at the time called simply ‘America’), she probably didn’t realize her “amber waves of grain” would become one of the most iconic images of the United States and of American agriculture. But despite its important role in patriotic imagery, wheat often stands in the shadow of the more prominent grains. Today let’s give wheat its due, and explore the wheat industry in the United States and Latin America in order to better understand how the two are connected...

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Why Did the Chicken Cross the Border?

Why Did the Chicken Cross the Border?

I’m going to share a secret with you that not many people know about me. When I was in high school, I was a champion poultry judge. That’s right, while most kids were playing sports and hanging out at the mall, my friends (whose names have been omitted to protect the innocent) and I were grading broiler carcasses and candling eggs. So, as you may imagine, I have long considered myself quite knowledgeable about the US poultry industry. But it wasn’t until I was recently reviewing some trade data that I developed an appreciation for the dominant export position that chicken from the United States holds in world markets, and Latin America in particular...

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Make Mine Wine: The Evolution of Argentina's Wine Industry

Make Mine Wine: The Evolution of Argentina's Wine Industry

For many people, the mention of wine evokes a vision of rolling French and Italian vineyards, each boasting a unique and storied terroir. And while these countries have earned their place in the annals of wine history, less well known South American players, like Argentina, are on the scene shaking up this traditional industry with differentiated varietals and an eye toward export markets...

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Ask the Expert: Renee Cheung on Land Degradation and What Can Be Done About It

Ask the Expert: Renee Cheung on Land Degradation and What Can Be Done About It

In June 2016, Bonterra Partners, in cooperation with Mirova, the Responsible Investment subsidiary of Natixis Asset Management, and with the support of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), published a landmark study titled “Unlocking the Market for Land Degradation Neutrality.” The study examines the current state of land worldwide and analyzes the market landscape in relation to sustainable land use and land degradation avoidance investments. Furthermore, it explores the market opportunity for private investors. In today’s blog we have the opportunity to speak with Renee Cheung, Managing Partner and Founder of Bonterra Partners, about the study and her outlook on the solutions for stopping land degradation across the globe...

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