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INTERVIEW: Brazil's Maggi talks environment, soybean production

(Champaign, ILLINOIS)--Brazil should harvest 58.0 million metric tons of soybeans from the 2006-2007 season, Blairo Maggi, Governor of Mato Grosso, Brazil, told Agriculture Online.

Maggi's estimate is within range of other trade guesses coming out of Brazil. On Tuesday, the National Commodities Supply Corp., or Conab, said Brazil's harvest should be 57.5 million metric tons.

During a visit to the University of Illinois National Soybean Research Center, Governor Maggi, the world's largest soybean producer with 400,000 acres, sat down with Agriculture Online to discuss Brazil's efforts to increase environmental efforts near the Amazon, the state of soybean production in Brazil, and various other topics.

In general, Governor Maggi sees no significant increase in Brazil soybean production for the next four years, due to economic pressures.

Brazil, the world's No. 2 soybean producer behind the U.S., is nearing harvest completion of it's 2006-2007 soybean crop.

(Champaign, ILLINOIS)--Brazil should harvest 58.0 million metric tons of soybeans from the 2006-2007 season, Blairo Maggi, Governor of Mato Grosso, Brazil, told Agriculture Online.

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