Event serves as a catalyst for expanding knowledge

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (March 12, 2015) – Rabo AgriFinance, a provider of capital and financial solutions to leading U.S. agricultural producers and agribusinesses, recently completed its second “Connecting Global Knowledge in Agriculture” tour of Brazil. The trip involved bringing 17 leading U.S. agricultural producers to Brazil to experience first-hand the global reach and knowledge offered by Rabobank. Trip attendees had the opportunity to meet with, tour the operations of, and learn from Rabobank Brazil clients in the Mato Grosso region of Brazil.

The event kicked off in Sao Paulo, with in-depth information on Brazil agricultural production, trends, markets and infrastructure from the Rabobank Food & Agribusiness Research (FAR) and advisory team at Rabobank Sao Paulo office. From Sao Paulo, the group headed to ag production areas near the cities of Sorriso and Sinop in Mato Grosso.

“The perspective offered on this trip is invaluable,” notes Iowa Farmer Randall Madden. “Having the opportunity to learn and experience the challenges and opportunities producers in Brazil encounter translates into a better understanding of our competitiveness in the global marketplace. It is quite valuable to have this level of insight when we make decisions on our operation.”

Following tours of several agricultural enterprises in the Sinop and Sorriso areas, the group finished the trip with a visit to the Port of Santos and a tour of the facilities there.

“It’s a true privilege to be part of an organization that is not only financing the leading agricultural producers around the world, but that is committed to connecting rural entrepreneurs across the globe to learn from one another,” notes Rabo AgriFinance Managing Director Shawn Smeins. “The farmers who participated on this trip – both our clients in Brazil and the group from the U.S. – understand how connected all of agriculture is. The challenges and advances around the world are an integral part of the business and lifestyles of these individuals.”

In addition to Madden, the other producers able to experience the global reach and knowledge offered by Rabobank were John Bruihler, Minnesota; Matt Danner, Iowa; Jerry Ellefson, S.D.; Chris Enger, S.D.; Seth Fischer, S.D.; Arnie Gruenes, Minn.; David Hegland, Iowa; Steve Herrmann, S.D.; Tim Hinton, Minn.; Jim Hogan, Iowa; Tony Kriegel, Iowa; Anthony Meier, S.D.; Dwight Mogler, Iowa; Lowell Moser, Minn.; Jim Rasmussen, Iowa and Dave Ryan, Ill.

Images from the Connecting Global Knowledge in Agriculture tour can be viewed here or through the hashtag #RaboBrazil15 on Facebook, Twitter and Instragram.

As a large-capacity lender, Rabo AgriFinance has the ability and expertise to handle substantial operations and various credit needs. A global team of analysts provides a competitive edge with insights into industry trends, and a comprehensive portfolio of services includes the right tools for producers to prepare for and take advantage of market opportunities. Whether it’s financial lending, crop insurance or risk management support, Rabo AgriFinance’s experts guide customers on paths toward greater success.  

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As a leading financial services provider for agricultural producers and agribusinesses in the United States, Rabo AgriFinance adds value using industry expertise, client-focused solutions, and by creating long-term business relationships. Rabo AgriFinance offers a comprehensive portfolio of services that give producers the right products to prepare for, and take advantage of, market opportunities. Rabo AgriFinance representatives offer a wide array of financial services and knowledge to help customers realize their ambitions.  This comprehensive suite of services includes loans, insurance, input finance and effective risk management products. Rabo AgriFinance is a division of Rabobank, the premier bank to the global agriculture industry and one of the world’s largest and safest banks.