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RLND Seminar 9 Update

RLND recently held in Minot the ninth of ten seminars that RLND Class V will experience. Attached is the update from our “Economic Development and Leadership” seminar. Thank you for your continued interest and support of the RLND Program. Remember, applications are now being accepted for Class VI!

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NDSU’s Rural Leadership Program Seeking Class VI

The North Dakota State University Extension Service’s Rural Leadership North Dakota program is recruiting for its sixth class, which starts in November. Rural Leadership North Dakota (RLND) is an 18-month leadership development program for anyone who wants to learn how to help improve his or her organization, business, farm or ranch operation, or community.

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Famato

Famato

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.

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Bom Futuro

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.

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RLND Class V in Brasilia, Brazil

Class V arrives in Brasilia, Brazil

After some complications state side, we landed in Brazilia Thursday morning a few minutes early. It was approximately 8:30 am local time which is 4 hours earlier than CT and 5 hours earlier than MT. We boarded a charter bus, met our guides and toured Brazil's national capital today.

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