Mexico Buying More Brazilian Corn as NAFTA Negotiations Continue

Dan Corn, Industry News Release, Trade

Mexico purchased ten times more corn from Brazil last year than it had previously. Reuters says that’s due to the uncertainty regarding the potential outcome of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations. Mexican government data and top grain merchants all say they fear supply disruption from the U.S. if the White House ever followed through on its threat …


Brazil Considers Dropping Tariff on U.S. Ethanol Imports

Dan Energy, Exports/Imports, Industry News Release

Brazil is considering removing a 20-percent tariff on ethanol imports from the United States. An agriculture official from Brazil said Wednesday the decision could depend on the U.S. lifting a ban on fresh beef exports from Brazil, according to Reuters. Brazil imposed the ethanol tax last year on U.S. imports that exceed a 600-million-liter annual quota to protect local producers. …


Will Brazilian Beef Again Be Imported into the U.S. Soon?

Dan Beef, Cattle, Trade

After losing the ability to export beef into the United States and several other countries around the world due to food safety concerns in recent months, Brazilian agriculture officials say they look forward to, and expect, the U.S. market to soon reopen for Brazil’s beef exports. But USDA isn’t saying  yet whether it’s ready to allow it or not. Here’s …


U.S. Soy Losing Ground in Race to Feed Livestock

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Soybeans

Compared to other soybean-supplying countries around the world, the protein content of U.S. soybeans is losing ground. A Bloomberg report says the world is eating more meat, poultry, and dairy products than ever, but U.S. farmers may be losing some ground to Brazil in the competition to feed the world’s animals. South America and Europe expanded their soybean sales this …

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Brazil Company Expecting to Resume Exports to U.S. in 2018

Dan Beef, Exports/Imports, Industry News Release

The fourth-largest beef company in Brazil, Minerva SA, expects to resume exporting fresh beef to American in the first quarter of next year. A Reuters report says Minerva Chief Executive Fernando Galletti made the announcement to local media this week, saying he believes it because of his company’s communication with the government. Galletti says, “That’s the expectation we are hearing …

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USDA Audit Finds Problems in Brazil’s Food Safety System

Dan Beef, Industry News Release

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service found several problems in Brazil’s meat inspection system. FSIS conducted inspection audits on-site in Brazil from May 15 to June 2. The goal was to determine if Brazil’s food safety system is comparable to the one in America and capable of exporting safe, wholesome, and unadulterated foods that are labeled and packaged correctly. …


Ethanol Industry Wants Brazil Status Suspended

Dan Energy, Industry News Release

The U.S. Ethanol industry wants U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to suspend Brazil’s designated country status under the Generalized System of Preferences. The groups want Lighthizer to make the move against Brazil because of its “protectionist and market-distorting actions in implementing a Tariff Rate Quota on American ethanol imports.” The Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy, and the U.S. Grains Council …


Brazil’s JBS Suspending Work at Seven Facilities

Dan Beef, Industry News Release

Brazil’s JBS SA announced last week it would suspend its cattle purchases and slaughter activities at seven facilities for an indefinite period. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports the move follows a local court decision that decided to freeze the U.S. equivalent of $230 million in assets belonging to the controlling company of JBS. The assets were blocked following the request …