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Class V visits Bom Futuro

Day 6 in Brazil continued in Cuiaba in Mato Grosso state. We took a scenic drive to the Bom Futuro farm. Along the way were very picturesque scenes of plateaus and fields. We learned about the large soybean farm we were about to visit, but no one was prepared for the massive size and diversity of the operation.

Bom Futuro is owned by 4 related owners that own 34 farms in six areas in and around Mato Grosso state. This operation covers 270,000 tillable hectares (that's over 650,000 acres!).The operations diversity is amazing with soybeans being the main enterprise (covering 270,000 hectares in a double-cropping system per year). Corn and cotton are also used as second seeded crops.

Bom Futuro's diversity includes cattle, at times 70,000 head, tree farm, a commercial fish industry, forage, hydro-electric energy, which supplies all of their own needs and is sold back into the system. Their employees number more than 5,000.

We visited the seed farm (Sementes Bom Futuro) which also produces animal feed. The seed farm moves 1 million units of soybean seed per year with one unit equal to 80 pounds of soy. Drying the seed has been one of their biggest expenses and challenges. To become more efficient they converted the heat source for drying from propane to wood, which they farm themselves.

Our host, Mr. Nahzir Okde, Jr., the seed farm manager, was enthusiastic and eager to talk about their state of the art operation. On the bus ride out of the farm, we were told to look out the window as far as the eye could see, all of that property was part of the Bom Futuro (Bright Future). It was an unbelievable sight.

Another unbelievable sight was the view from the Chapada, the high plateau region of Mato Grasso state. We ended our day with dinner at the Pousada Penhasco with an indescribable view, wonderful food and the hospitality we've come to expect from Brazilians.

Bom FuturoSeed handling facility at Bom FuturoBrazilian View

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