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Key political risks in Argentina

Key political risks in Argentina President Cristina Fernandez is seeking re-election and polls show she could take victory in the first round on Oct. 23, helped by brisk economic growth and a splintered opposition. But recent regional elections have gone worse than expected for the government, leading many to wonder if Fernandez’s re-election is still a sure thing. The 58-year-old leader vows to deepen the leftist policies that have infuriated many business leaders and farmers in Argentina, Latin America’s…

Brazil Sets New Record in the Adoption of Transgenic Crops

August 2011 | PRNewswire The area in Brazil planted with transgenic crops is now growing at a faster pace than the growth of the entire planted area for crops of soybeans, corn and cotton – the three crops with genetically modified varieties that have been approved, as indicated by the 1st review of the adoption of biotechnology in the 2011/12 harvest, conducted by the consulting firm Celeres. The area planted with transgenic soybeans for the next harvest will be 13.4% greater than it was in the 2010/11…

The connection between Argentina and wine

By Magandeep Singh | February 2011 The world of wines is so vast that to try and taste your way through them would amount to trying to traverse the universe in a single lifetime! Luckily, we already know how rewarding checking out wineries can be, and I for one don’t ever get bored of my job. But don’t envy me because I have to taste the good as well as the bad. When I was in Argentina for a visit, the first thing I realised was how little I know about wines in general. Travel seems to have this sobering…

The Land Report – Campos – Ranches and Legacy Property Owners Around the World

        Hall and Hall – Eric O’Keefe of The Land Report report talk about Ranch Land in the USA. Much of what he says also applies to other worldwide Legacy properties like Estancia Punta del Agua in Argentina. Who are the Largest Private Land Owners in the United States of America Most of America’s biggest spreads are in the West. Here are the storied dynastic ranches owned by heirs of the Kings, Waggoners, and Burnetts. This is also where corporate chiefs like Ted Turner…

Chilean volcano affects Argentine Patagonia tourism activity

By Alexander Wilson and Federico Quilodran | Associated Press The 100 million tons of pyroclastic ash and rock spewed by an Andean volcano has meant hundreds of millions of dollars in losses for communities more accustomed to profiting from the dramatic mountain landscape. The Cordon Caulle volcano opened a new gash along a ridge just across the border and upwind from Argentina. For six weeks now, it has been belching ash into the sky, grounding flights across the lower third of South America for most of the…

South American agriculture´s role in a global food crisis scenario

The world is facing a crisis in food prices and many analysts say that volatile figures may be here to stay. Global food prices reached record highs, exceeding those achieved during the food crisis of 2007-08. In fact, since July 2010 prices of almost all crops have increased dramatically. Recent events — floods in Australia, drought in Russia, poor crops in China — sounded an alarm about world food supply and pushed prices to the highest levels measured since the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization…

Argentina to receive more Chinese investments this year

By China Daily | July 2011 More Chinese investments are expected to flow to Argentina this year as the two governments signed several economic cooperation agreements this week, Luis Kreckler, Argentine secretary of trade and international economic relations, said on Wednesday. The agreements cover sectors including agriculture, energy, transportation and mining, Kreckler told China Daily, without disclosing details. The trade secretary headed a delegation of 50 high-level Argentine government officials in a…

China to invest billions in South American farmland improvements

The Chinese government plans to invest more than 100 billion yuan (15 billion U.S. dollars) over the next five years to improve farmland for the nation’s food security, according to the Ministry of Land and Resources (MOLAR). The investment aims to improve about 4 million hectares of land and replenish an additional 670,000 hectares of arable land in its major grain producers — Hebei, Jilin, Heilongjiang, Jiangsu, Anhui, Jiangxi, Shandong, Hubei provinces and Inner Mongolia and Guangxi autonomous…

Blueberry production growing consistently in Chile

The blueberry harvest in the north of Chile has ended, the central regions are nearing an end and shipping is in full swing, meanwhile in the south of the country ( around Osorno ) the harvest is just beginning. Andrés Armstong of the Chilean Blueberry Commitee said that volumes had been considerably higher compared to last season, and very close to their predictions. “We need to remember that last season was very late so when we compare volumes with this season the difference is huge. Up to week 52…

The Conference industry shows Latin America as the most growing region, and Argentina as the country with the biggest growth

Yearly, Argentina is chosen to host conferences, conventions, trade shows, festivals, incentive trips and sports events in its 36 meeting destinations, each of them with its own industries, first-class infrastructure and diverse landscapes. ICCA (International Congress & Convention Association) showed the development of Latin America in the meeting industry as the most growing emergent region and, clearly, Argentina is the country that showed the biggest growth. In fact, before 2008, Argentina was positioned…

Photos and Video of the Patagonia Volcano including damage on the Argentine side

Patagonia Volcano Damage, a set on Flickr. Volcanic Ash causes Patagonian Sheep Farmers to Fear Disaster While air passengers from Argentina to Australia still suffer travel misery from Chile’s volcanic ash cloud, Patagonian farmers have a far graver problem of what to do with 1.5 million sheep with little of no feed to eat. Since the Puyehue volcano erupted June 4 2011, thousands of tons of ash and volcanic debris, which quickly turns to sludge, has rained down on pastures in the southern Argentine…

Brazil’s agriculture hits record values

Brazil’s agriculture hits record values By Paul Kiernan @Dow Jones Newswires     The gross value of Brazil’s top 20 crops is expected to rise 10% this year from 2010 to a record 199 billion reais ($125.9 billion), the Agricultural Ministry said Tuesday.   Higher global prices for foods and increased agricultural output in Brazil are responsible for the expected growth, which will push the aggregate value of the country’s main crops above 2008 levels, the ministry said in a press…

Adecoagro to build new sugarcane mill in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil

  Adecoagro S.A. (NYSE: AGRO), a leading agricultural company in South America, announced today that on June 27, 2011, it obtained the necessary environmental license to start the construction and assembly of the Ivinhema mill in the State of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil.   Adecoagro is a leading agricultural company in South America. Adecoagro owns over 283 thousand hectares of farmland and several industrial facilities spread across the most productive regions of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay, where…

China invests USD 12.67 billion in Brazil

From K J M Varma China stepped up its investments in Brazil in a big way with fresh investment of about USD 9 billion, taking its overall foreign direct investment in that country to USD 12. 67 billion as the two countries warmed up under the BRICS alliance. China will invest USD 4.5 billion in Brazil”s technology sector this year shifting its investment in the Latin American country from agriculture and mining. With this, the Chinese investment is expected to hit USD 9 billion this year, with half of…

Uruguay Milk and Dairy Products Market Outlook to 2015

The Report titled “Uruguay Milk and Dairy Products Market Outlook to 2015” provides a comprehensive analysis of the milk and dairy products industry in Uruguay. The report covers the total cow milk production, fluid milk consumption, segmentation on the basis of dairy products such as butter, cheese, skim milk powder, milk drinks and fermented products, cream, condensed milk and whey powder and volume of net trade for dairy products. It offers prevalent trends and developments in the industry, future opportunities…