The Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture Livestock and Food Supply (Ministério da Agricultura, Pecuária e Abastecimento, MAPA) has made a common practice of choosing ministry candidates who are heavily involved in the country’s agricultural and economic affairs. Its new interim minister of agriculture is no exception. Born in 1956, Blairo Borges Maggi is a trained agronomist and former governor of the state of Mato Grosso. In fact, Maggi, who was put in place on May 12, is nicknamed “the soybean king” (o rei da soja). His company, Grupo Amaggi, is the country’s leading soybean producer.