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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The Brazilian Statistics Bureau (IBGE) predicts an 8.1 percent increase in the Brazilian grain harvest in 2015 in comparison to 2014. The Bureau forecasts a total of 210.3 million tons of grains, vegetables and oil-seeds. The IBGE, however, says that 2016 is not as promising, forecasting a decline by 0.5 percent in agricultural production.

According to the IBGE, although Brazil is expected to register an

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