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Latin American agriculture, beyond just Brazil

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Nate Birt (Agweb) says It’s easy to see why Brazil has become the poster child for Latin American agriculture among U.S. farmers and traders: . The country boasts ample grain and livestock production, its land mass is slightly smaller than that of the U.S., yet agriculture contributes 6% to GDP compared to the 1% farming contributes to GDP in the U.S. But observes Mr. Birt that focusing exclusively on Brazil wil make one miss the bigger picture that additional countries south of the U.S. border including Mexico, Argentina and Colombia are gaining a foothold in the international ag marketplace. “In Latin America, we’ve seen some of these countries emerge as ag exporters,” explains Pablo Sherwell, head of food and agribusiness research and advisory for Rabobank in North America.