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Minding Ag's Business
Marcia Zarley Taylor DTN Executive Editor
Thu May 8, 2014 03:04 PM CDT

Starting 15 years ago, I took four trips and about four dozen farm leaders on visits to the Brazilian frontier. Outposts were so remote, we chartered our own planes to criss-cross a region the size of our 12 Midwestern corn states. Growers like Patrick Duncanson of Mapleton, Minn., were in awe of the scale of farming we witnessed in remote Mato Grosso villages and the first of its kind soybean export terminal via the Amazon River. Most of us came home defeated and worried that U.S. agriculture would need to up its game to stay competitive in world markets as Brazil ...

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