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12 June 2018

BrasilAgro to sell a farm for $ 44.1 million

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BrasilAgro, one of Brazil‘s largest companies in terms of arable land use, announced its plan to sell a part of Jatobá Farm (an area of 9,784 hectares), located in the municipality of Jaborandi, Bahia. The sale price amounts to R $ 164.8 million ($ 44.1 million).  The farm was acquired in 2007 and had intitially a total area of 31,606 hectares, of...

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12 June 2018

Babushkina Krynka recognized as the Best exporter of 2017

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The Belarus-based Agroholding "Mogilev dairy company Babushkina Krynka" received the award "Best exporter of 2017". The volume of exports in 2017 amounted to $ 188 million. The dairy products of the company are exported to 35 countries around the world. The holding processes over 1 million tonnes of milk per year to produce 1,250 tonnes of butter,...

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12 June 2018

Large farm businesses aim to work smarter not harder: Mike Brady

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Motivation is one of the most important attributes of successful farmers. Having the courage and conviction to manage and grow a business in the face of challenges such as bad weather, volatile market prices and an increasing burden of bureaucracy speaks volumes about the resilience of Irish farmers. Ireland has an image of small fragmented family farms. The average farm size has now increased to 80 acres (32.4 hectares) and there are an increasing number of large-scale farms in Ireland. Dairy farmers with over 1,000 cows, tillage farmers growing over 3,000 acres of crops, pig farmers with 2,000 sows in fully integrated units, beef farmers finishing thousands of cattle and poultry farmers with tens of thousands of birds are an integral part of our industry. What are the criteria that help these farmers achieve such scale?

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12 June 2018

Bolzan´s Biodiesel Plant accused of river contamination

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Grupo Bolzan, a major agricultural producer in Argentina, is currently being accused of severe environmental pollution by its Biodiesel production plant located in the region of Negoyá. The community reports untreated waste with strong foul odor going directly to the nearby water streams. Now the village residents living in the vicinity of the plant are questioning the benefits of this industry to their community due to this situation.

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12 June 2018

Initiative launched to ban factory farming in Switzerland

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The “No factory farming in Switzerland” initiative was launched by animal rights groups and environmental organizations to ban intensive, industrial-scale livestock farming in Switzerland. In order for the initiative to be accepted by the government 100,000 valid signatures need to be collected within the next 18 months. The aim of the initiative is to define criteria for animal-friendly housing and access to the outdoors, as well as to limit the maximum number of animals per farm.

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12 June 2018

Bolthouse Farms implements autonomous tractor concepts

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The California-based Bolthouse Farms, one of the largest carrot producers in North America operating across four US states and Canada, collaborates with CNH Industrial, a leading producer of agricultural machinery worldwide, to implement pilot programmes to study autonomous vehicles in real life farming situations. The goal is to understand how autonomous technology can be used in large scale farming. For this, a small fleet of autonomous Quadtrac tractors pulling various cultivators will be used.

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11 June 2018

Problems with Adecoagro's purchase of SanCor continue

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The Argentine agribusiness company Adecoagro, which is interested in purchasing the Argentine dairy cooperative SanCor, is working on a payment plan to settle SanCor's debt of $ 2.5 million with the AFIP (Federal Administration of Public Revenues). Adecoagro tried to take over SanCor's debt. However, the negotiations between Adecoagro and AFIP were not as successful as initially assumed, and this is an obstacle for the planned purchase transaction.

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11 June 2018

FCC to implement a joint investment project with China

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The Kazakhstan-based Food Contract Corporation NC JSC (a subsidiary of agroholding KazAgro JSC) and the Chinese company CITIC Construction Co. Ltd. signed a memorandum of mutually beneficial cooperation. Within the framework of this agreement, the parties plan to implement a joint investment program worth 1 billion CNY ($ 156 million) in 2019 aiming at organizing meat exports from Kazakhstan to China, improving irrigation infrastructure on 1.5 million hectares in Kazakhstan and promoting the brand of Kazakh meat in China.

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10 June 2018

Large scale agriculture will take Vietnam to the next level

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Dang Kim Son, former director of research with the Ministry of Agriculture, claims that the Vietnamese farmers need to engage in large scale production. They should join forces and apply advanced technologies to take their agriculture to the next level. According to the expert, industrialized agriculture allows to reduce manufacturing costs and...

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08 June 2018

Marfrig Becomes World´s Second Largest Meat Processor

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Marfrig Global Foods, Brazil's third largest food company after JBS S.A. and Brasil Foods and one of the largest beef producers in the world, acquired the majority stake in US-based National Beef Packing Company for $ 969 million, financed by Rabobank, Banco Bradesco and ING bank. The deal included the purchase of 48% of shares from Leucadia...

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