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Brazilian Grower Earns Sustainable Farm Award

Zimmatic pivots are helping growers on an innovative farm in Brazil lead the way in sustainable practices.

Considered a pioneer in the adoption of the crop-livestock-forest integration system, “Modelo II,” recently was recognized with the third annual Sustainable Farm award. The award, an initiative of the Globo Rural Magazine, promotes the adoption of new agricultural practices.

The following is translated from an article and supporting video about the award.

The Farm “Modelo II” In Ribas do rio Pardo Was Announced As

the Winner of the Sustainable Farm Award

Fazenda Modelo II, located in Ribas do Rio Pardo (MS), was announced as the winner of the third annual Sustainable Farm award, an initiative of the Globo Rural Magazine to promote the adoption of good practices in agricultural activity.

The award ceremony took place on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, in São Paulo (SP).

The farm is considered a pioneer in the adoption of the crop-livestock-forest integration system. More than 7,600 hectares (18,800 acres) of degraded pastures were converted to soybean, corn, beans and eucalyptus plantations, along with a confinement for about 20,000 head of cattle. There are 105 employees, with attention to the workforce quality of life initiatives and education for children. 

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“I wanted to thank the team, a very committed team that worked hard to be here. It was one honor to get this first place,” said the manager of the property, Alvaro Grohmann Neto.

The Sustainable Farm award is made by Globo Rural in partnership with Rabobank, World Wildlife Foundation and the Espaço Eco Foundation (FEE).

“The award goes to what the bank judges to be a productive and sustainable agribusiness,” said Thais Fontes, head of the sustainability department at Rabobank Brazil, one of the institutions responsible for the evaluation methodology. “We look at the country as a major food producer and we are there to help the producer implement the environmental laws,” added WWR sustainability finance expert Fábio Luiz Guido.

Video Translation

The farm, “Modelo II,” is in Ribas do Rio Pardo. It has 7,600 hectares (18,800 acres).

When we began, there was nothing. It was very difficult. We had no energy. There was a road, but I was very distant and agriculture was unlikely in this region.

We have irrigated our crops since 2003. When we started irrigating, we realized we needed a qualified workforce and for that we needed to invest in infrastructure - build houses, schools, roads and access.

We now have almost monthly training in new technologies. Therefore, the agriculture is well advanced.

We grow soybeans, corn and beans. Almost 50 percent of our area is irrigated. We see center pivot irrigation as a way to protect the crops. The center pivots help us to diversify the crops – allowing us to crop beans and corn at the ideal time and mitigate risks.

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When it comes to livestock, we return a part to agriculture, either by composting or manure, in order to close the chain with all parts of the bovine. When it rains, the waste drains into the settlement box and from there to the pivots where it is distributed as liquid manure.

When it comes to forestry, we wanted to integrate it with both livestock and agriculture. The project was planned in 2006. We decided to start with Eucalyptus and were 90 kilometers off road. Then we did a study that showed it would be more feasible to do drive our eucalyptus to the furniture locksmith than to carry out the project.  Nowadays, we are improving and finishing the process.

I’ve always been very excited about agriculture, increasingly optimistic and very satisfied with we what we started and the results we achieved. We did it all willingly, because we like and enjoy this philosophy applied here.