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Farmers Find A Lot To See In Brazil

Farmers Find A Lot To See In Brazil

Farm Futures tour ranged from coastal mountains to inland fields to tropical jungle

Farm Futures Senior Editor Bryce Knorr hosted a tour of Brazil with 32 farmers and spouses from across the U.S. from Jan. 26 to Feb. 5.  Their adventure spanned almost 15,000 miles. After seeing the sights from the coastal mountains of Rio de Janeiro, they headed inland through the state of Parana, Brazil’s number one corn growing region, and its number two producer of soybeans. Here’s Knorr’s video report.

Animal Agriculture

VIDEO ON DEMAND: There's plenty to see and learn about Brazil and the video links here offer you new insights.

Brazilians love their beef – and their chicken, pork, lamb and dairy, too. The group got a close-up look at animal agriculture, and found many differences with livestock production in the U.S. Their trip also included a lot of first-hand research at barbeque restaurants along the way.

Big Agriculture

Farming is big in Brazil. And so are the industries supporting those producers. The tour visited a huge seed processing facility and kicked tires at a field day.

Grain Drying

Brazil is known for growing soybeans, but it’s also a major corn grower, too. The fields look the same, but as harvest begins the grain faces a different system than in the U.S. Farmers dry high moisture corn with unique wood-fired grain driers

Farmers and the Environment

Brazilian farmers have their own set of environmental issues to contend with. From countering charges they’re cutting down the rain forest to dealing with highly erodible soils, farmers have learned how to deal with this important new force in the food business.

On And Off The Beaten Path

Brazilian agriculture is diverse, but farmers on the tour saw plenty other parts of Brazilian culture and society. From the dazzling waterfalls in the jungle to dancing the samba with the locals, the tour provided a unique view of a fascinating country.

Additional photography courtesy Trump Tours.

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