Ola-Hello in Portuguese! Brazil is known to be a very cosmopolitan nation as they have a mixed of immigrants/nationalities represented from all around the world-mostly Portuguese (colinizers), Japanese, and many others!
The only individuals I've met from this unique nation has been people stopping thru Morris, Minnesota. The first that I could think of was several years ago, who was a visiting missionary for Wycliffe at my local church name David (I saw him again at our church's "Setting-In-Service for Pat", our current pastor).
Another individual(s) is a current student-Millie and her Mom, who has been to our local church's "International Student Supper" (most recent was this past Tuesday, Nov 18th). I plan to get more info. about this country from their perspective. They did share some at last week's "International Country Fair", which I got this particular sheet on "Facts of Brazil" that I plan to post some time later on this website.
Till then, here are some cool...
Joanei (a student of the Morris Literacy Project during the first half of 2006) is from St. Carlos (close to Chapecó) Santa Catarina, a southern state.
Did you know that there has been farm workers coming from Brazil to the Morris area to work and learn? Yes, there are currently 3 students the Morris Literacy Project is teaching English to. Our first student (Marcelo) we taught ESL to came in around January of 2005.
Into the great wide open
03/04/2006 (Morris Sun Tribune)
As exciting as a group of Morris-area investors find agriculture prospects in Brazil, they currently are practicing restraint.
Don and Solange Geiszler and Nick and Sandy Kill, of America Investment Resources, recently returned from an extended visit of farming operations in and around the Mato Grosso region of Brazil. A.I.R. also has an intern, Matt Breker, working in Brazil as the group's front man in the rich agricultural region that can support two to three crops of beans and corn per year. A.I.R. has about 15 serious investors ready to put money into a base farming operation in Brazil, Nick Kill said, and it is looking for more. The group has a March 7 informational meeting at 7:30 p.m. at New Horizon/Harvest States Elevator. But as promising as the project appears, A.I.R. isn't putting the bag before the beans. "We think there are good opportunities," Geiszler said, "but we're just going to need to be patient. And (Brazilians) need an adjustment in their attitudes about what they will sell their land for."
The group visited several farms in the Mato Grosso state, including farms around Tangara and Sorriso. The farms around Tangara that are for sale range from 2,500 acres to 10,000 acres, and some aren't at full production because of a lack of working capital, Geiszler said.
Other farms were at full production, and have used large rivers for irrigation. Beans were being harvested in the range of 55 bushels to 60 bushels per acre, with corn and cotton to follow. A second crop of corn ranged anywhere from emergence to knee-high. Geiszler said the farm land is so productive that 75 bushels to 80 bushels of beans per acre are possible. But the price of farm land in the area currently ranges from $800 per acre to $1,300 per acre. The A.I.R. group believes they can do better. "We strongly feel land values will soften even some more," Kill said.
The A.I.R. group is working with Amerazil LLC, a company started in 2004 by Morris insurance and travel agent Dan Mahoney and four other American partners. Dan has been arranging tours to Brazil for both ag and non-ag people for 10 years.
Amerazil LLC is a clearinghouse for information on how to do business in Brazil, Mahoney said. Amerazil's Brazilian division, AMERASIL LTDA, is staffed by a Brazilian attorney and an administrative assistant. They help prospective ag and other investors with permitting, deeds and other procedures, Mahoney said.
"If we run into any hassles, you want someone on the ground to walk you through it," Geiszler said. A.I.R. also have contracted with an independent source for profit analysis of the projects. Mahoney and the A.I.R. members say the Brazilians are very welcoming of foreign investors and have no problems with them coming in to potentially invest in Brazilian agriculture.
German, Dutch and Japanese ag investors have been operating in Brazil for years, Kill said. "Brazil is a melting pot, just like America," Kill said.
But Brazil only recently began dabbling in producer cooperatives, farmers do not receive subsidies, there's no crop insurance programs or even the sophisticated lending practices available to U.S. farmers.
Prices also are in flux. As of Wednesday's close, given the exchange rate, Brazilian beans were selling for $3.66 per bushel. The U.S. bean price was about $5.25 per bushel.
Selling land is the only viable alternative for Brazilian farmers seeking cash to support other parts of their operations, Geiszler said. The usual factors, such as weather and soybean rust, can upset operations to a great degree, he said. For example, Geiszler met two brothers who for 18 years have farmed about 10,000 acres. By 2003, the brothers could operate without having to borrow money. This year, the brothers had to borrow $1.5 million just to keep farming.
"This was a conservative operation, but that's what's happened over the last two years in Brazil," Geiszler said. "They haven't made any money and they've used up their working capital. If there's any adversity, you have to sell assets to keep farming"
*Note: I work with Mr. Dave Nelson at the local Stevens County D.A.C.
"Brucko", by Bruce Olson
*We read this during a unique missions class in the Spring of 1999 prior to our Sunday church service
Melhor subir quadrado do que descer redondo
"short movie directed by Rafael Guimarães, edited by Thiago Pinheiro and produced by Davi Lago. Made at Igreja Batista Getsêmani - Brazil as part of a workshop - Congresso Loucos por Jesus"
"It's All True" (1942) Film by Orson Welles-curse
The Independent Online Edition, from UK
Was Orson Welles cursed by a Brazilian witch doctor?, from cinematical
Who, When, and Why-People of Brazil
Donna Lee-Jesus, I Trust in You(Jesus, Confio um Vós)
"www.donnalee.ws. 2003 Unity Award winner Pop/Contemporary song of the year. A song about God's Mercy Inspired by the diary "Divine Mercy in My Soul" by Saint Faustina. From the album, "The Grace of God". The CD is available at www.heartbeatrecords.com. or Amazon.com. In Brazil www.codimuc.com.br"
Nivea Soares - River of God - 2007
"Worship song by Nivea Soares , recorded live in Brazil in april 2007. Let the river flow through the streets of the nation. Let be fill of the Holy Spirit . www.niveasoares.com , www.myspace.com/niveasoares . Send this worship video to your friends !! God bless you !!"
Pele The Great
" videosport.jumptv.com - A tribute to history's greatest soccer player of all time"
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