serves as the General Manager for South American Soy, LLC, a US based
company focused on developing and operating successful agribusiness in Brazil.
In that role, Corzine is responsible for all aspects of the Company's
activities, both strategic and operational--from implementing capital drives to
developing annual crop budgets for the Brazilian farms.
Since its creation in Aug. of 2003, South American Soy has
purchased and developed 3500 acres in the state Tocantins, approximately 500
miles northeast of Brasilia. Productive fields totaling nearly 1700 acres
have been developed by converting cerrado (rangeland) and degraded pasture areas
Mr. Corzine also assumed direct responsibility in
for overseeing the farms in Tocantins. Corzine now visits operations in
Brazil six or more times each year. Since 1998, has spent time in the
Brazilian states of Mato Grasso, Sao Paulo, Minas Gerais, Rio De Janerio,
Parana, Amazonas, Tocantins, Piaui, Maranaho, Bahia and Goias.
In addition to operations, South American Soy produces the
Brazilian Crop Watcher Reports for Farm Bureau members in the states of IL and
IA, leads agricultural tours in Brazil, and offers consulting and management
services to entities or individuals seeking to place capital into Brazilian
agriculture. Mr. Corzine produces the Company's publications, leads the
tours, and develops business strategies for outside investors.
Corzine operated a commercial corn and soybean
production operation beginning in 1979, and continues to manage three of his
family’s central Illinois farms.
He has served the agricultural industry as a
director for Farm Credit Services and on the Illinois Soybean Program Operating
Board, serving his final 2 years as Chairman. As he completed his board
tenure, Corzine led & participated in state, regional and national efforts
focused on analyzing the competitiveness of the U.S. agricultural system, with a
special focus on the soybean industry in South America.
Mr. Corzine is a member of the Gerson Lehrman
Group’s Council of Experts, consulting on domestic and international
agricultural and bio-fuels issues.
Corzine is currently a
“GLG Leader”, signifying a ranking in the top 5% of
the Council's 15,000+
Corzine also is the owner of, and lead consultant for
AgPage International Consulting, founded in 1998, and offering services to
domestic and international agricultural businesses in the areas of economic
analysis and technology.
Mr. Corzine is a frequent and accomplished speaker,
delivering presentations at functions ranging from Producer Meetings to
Corzine has also presented to global audiences at
events such as Defi Ble (International Cereals Conference in Paris), AgriTechnia
(Hannover Germany) and the
International Agricultural e-Commerce conference
(Chicago IL), at which he served as the conference chair.
Mr. Corzine has a long history of study and
involvement in International agriculture, from offering on-farm internships to
farmers from France and BeloRussia, to spending time on farms in Mexico, France,
Germany, Peru, Chile and Brazil.
Corzine is a graduate of LakeLand College (AAS in
Production Agriculture), the University of Illinois at Springfield (BA in
Economics), the Illinois Soy-Leaders Program and the Illinois Agricultural
Leadership Program. Corzine
is a member of the Illinois Farm Bureau, the Illinois Corn Growers, the Illinois
Soybean Association and The Chicago Farmers.
Mr. Corzine resides on his farm outside
Assumption, Illinois with his wife Carolyn.