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Day 7 Cuiaba, Mato Grosso, Brazil Early meeting with Famato which is the Brazilian equivalent of Farm Bureau. Their representatives provided us information about agriculture in the state of Mato Grosso. Mato Grosso is the third largest state. They produce 24% of the Brazilian soybean crop and 2% of the worlds soybeans. Within Brazil they are also number 1 in cattle, cotton, 2nd crop corn, and sunflower. In 2012, because of the drought in the US and a bumber crop in Mato Grosso, they produced 9% of the world crop. They currently produce 19% of the Brazilian corn crop and rapid adaptation of technology could push that to 50%. They also produce 50% of the Brazilian cotton crop.

Over the last 10 years they have increased soybean production dramatically through the conversion of pasture to cropland but have increased their cattle from 19 million head in 2000 to 29 million in 2011.

The state of Mato Grosso comprises 90.34 million hectares. 32.41 million acres are in cropland. Over 19 million hectares are government owned conservation and indigenous reserve land. Nearly 37 million hectares are farmer owned conservation reserve land. Producers are required to keep a percentage of their land in its natural state. This percentage varies with the location and type of land.

Following the visit with Famato we checked in at the airport and had a last lunch with our guides, Marcello and Fabricio before leaving for Sao Paolo and Rio De Janiero by Dan Folske and Andrew Holle


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