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ISSUE DATE: 04/30/2012

In 20 years, Brazil's agriculture modernizes quickly

By Ken Root

Brazil is a competitor in every type of agricultural enterprise attempted in the United States and many others that don't suit the climate. The productive capacity of Brazil has yet to be realized, and its role in the exporting of raw and processed foods could well lead the world in the decades ahead. Brazil is realizing that its interior requires regulation and investment. Government policy has rapidly moved away from encouraging expansion to demanding compliance. Brazil has an economy of scale that boggles the mind, but with it there is a realization that too much power, concentrated in the hands of too few, will place the country back into the trap that has held South American countries for hundreds of years.

I first saw the Cerrados (tropical savannah) of Brazil in September 1983 as I looked out the window of a U.S. Air Force plane carrying a delegation headed by then Secretary of Agriculture John Block. As we broke through the clouds, scraggly trees covered the entire landscape except for a few geometric shapes carved out of the vast expanse.


NEWS

American Agri-Women head to D.C.
APHIS confirms BSE detected in Calif. dairy cow
Deficit versus debt
Economist: Demand will drive beef prices in coming months
Extension to host educational bus tour to Colorado
Farm family changing with the times
Final Heuermann Lecture is May 8
First big salvos fired in farm bill fight
In 20 years, Brazil's agriculture modernizes quickly
In other agribusiness news....
Journal wins Kansas Press Association awards
New blender pump in Neb.
New law gives local control to conserve, extend state water
Rare form of BSE found in California dairy cow

CROPS

Calibrate sprayer to save money, pesticide
CFB Foundation launches Yuma fire fund
Concho-McCulloch County Wheat Tour set for May 3
Deciding whether to replant corn
Farmers prepare for planting a year after flood
Field crop scout training offered in May
High schools win cotton commercial contest
Managing lodged wheat
Oklahoma Wheat Commission to hold District II election
Selecting and growing sweet corn
Skip-row corn stabilizes dryland grain yields
Tent caterpillar in attack mode

LIVESTOCK

2012 Alltech Symposium to re-imagine beef
Alliance awards College Aggies Online scholarship
Carr bringing bull power to Guymon rodeo
Cattle see benefits from ionophores
Checkoff calls for BQA award nominations
Health, history help feeder surpass standards
Industry responds to wool labeling rules
Kansas Cattlemen recognize outgoing board members
MDA joins coalition supporting 'Dairy Security Act'
National Swine Nutrition Guide Software updated
New technology sheds light on viruses
NJAA member earns Angus awards
Select healthy, high-quality bulls
Sheep education catalog available
South Dakota Stockgrowers, Cattlewomen offer scholarships
Study: Antibiotics are not overused in livestock production
U of A team will support dairy industry
USCA, Coalition calls for 2012 Livestock Title Provisions
Using artificial insemination in very warm weather
Water crucial to keeping cattle healthy

EDITOR

From the heart
Some stop the presses moments
What's the beef?

COLUMNS

All beef, no bull
Full corn product launch offers convenience
Hope for 'slightly annoyed bovine' reaction
Just a scoop full
Metritis treatment now approved
Stress relief for the ag family

MARKETS

Aberdeen livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Cattle on feed numbers released
Clovis livestock auction report
Corn planting advances
Corn planting nears completion
Corn planting reaches halfway point
Corn, wheat start out week higher
Crops continue to thrive
Dalhart livestock auction report
Denison feeder cattle auction report
Dodge City cattle sales
Dryland wheat stressed
Field work stalled by wet soils
Grain market close
Hay trade mixed
Hay trade slow
High Plains slaughter news
Kansas wheat crop still ahead of average
North Arkansas livestock auction report
OKC West livestock sales report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Pratt livetock auction report
Salina cattle auction report
San Angelo livestock auction report
Spring crop planting under way
Spring planting ahead of normal
Springfield dairy heifer sales report
Springfield livestock auction report
Temps above normal averages
Texas Direct feeder cattle summary
Tulia livetock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
West Plains regional cattle sales report
Widespread precip improves soil moisture
Winter wheat progress increases
Winter wheat showing spring growth
Woodward livestock auction report

RANGE

American Forage and Grassland Council to host tour in May

FAMILY

'Backyard Farmer' app launches
Buying more than you need is no bargain
Host a healthy fiesta
Master Gardeners to hold Spring Garden Tour
Meditation
River Walk and Garden Talk set for May 3 to 5
Rural homeowners may need to control hoppers
Snacks to smooze with
Soil temperature influences planting time
Splendor ideal on the beach, near water
Tent caterpillar in attack mode
Watch for hypoxylon canker in oaks

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