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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.