SLC Agrícola, founded in 1977 by the SLC Group, is one of the world’s largest grain and fiber producers, focused on the production of cotton, soybean and corn. It was one of the first companies in the sector with shares listed on stock exchanges in the world, making it a reference in its segment. The headquarters is in Porto Alegre (RS) and the 16 production sites are strategically located in six Brazilian states totaling 448,568 hectares during the 2019/20 crop – being 125,462 of cotton, 235,444 of soybeans, 82,392 of corn and 5,270 of other crops.
Throughout its history, SLC Agrícola has developed considerable expertise in prospecting and acquiring land for new agricultural frontiers. The acquisition process of land with high yield potential also aims to capture the real estate appreciation that arable land in Brazil provides on the basis of comparative advantages for the main agricultural producers in the world, such as United States, China, India and Argentina.
Big Dream and Values
“To positively impact future generations, through global leadership in agribusiness and respect to the planet.”
We believe that if we have passion for what we do we are committed, and do it with the highest quality, preserving our integrity through ethical, coherent and unquestionable conduct. These attitudes generate lasting relationships among all stakeholders, producing sustainable resultss that are economically viable, socially fair and environmentally responsible.
Our Business Model
The Company has opted for a hybrid business model, which can be subdivided into three basic approaches, listed below. We intend to continue expanding the business on these three fronts in order to take advantage of the synergies between them, guided by a culture of continuous improvement of our operation.
Agricultural operation on own developed land
This model represents most of the land in operation of the company. It was the original business model, acquired through decades of land acquisitions in the Cerrado region. Most of the land was acquired in a raw or partially developed state, and over the years, with the improvement of soil and sustainable agricultural production, we added great value to these assets.
Agricultural operations on leased land (and joint ventures)
Over time, SLC Agrícola saw the opportunity to maximize the use of its installed capacity through lease agreements with neighboring landowners or ones near the Company’s farms. Contracts with an average period of 7-8 years are made and paid indexed to the price of the soybean bag in Reais.
Acquisition of raw land for transformation and sale
The third business approach of SLC Agrícola is currently embodied in the subsidiary SLC LandCo, which was established in 2012 in partnership with the English private equity fund Valiance. This is the “real estate branch” of the Company, whose goal it is to be more active in the acquisition, transformation and sale of land.
Transparency Trophy, for its transparency on the financial statements for the year 2017.
SLC Agrícola ranked 1st place in the Agricultural Production category in the Best of Agribusiness granted by
Globo Rural Magazine.
For the 4th consecutive year, SLC Agrícola positions amongst the 3 best Latin American Companies in
the Latin America Executive Team (Small Caps) – Agribusiness Sector Research, conducted annually by the American
consultants and analysts of its Companies. In 2018, SLC Agrícola won Best Investor Relations Program in the
small caps category.
SLC Agrícola received the trophy for the 1st place in net revenue in the sector ranking “Agribusiness” , in the
“500 Maiores do Sul” award, delivered by Amanhã Magazine.
SLC Agrícola was voted to be the best Agribusiness Company in 2018 by ISTOÉ Dinheiro magazine.
Once more, SLC Agrícola received the “Destaques A Granja” Award for being the Best Corn Producer in
Agricultural Production category in the Best of Agribusiness granted by Globo Rural Magazine.
1st in the ranking of the Agribusiness sector.
Best in Agribusiness, granted by Globo Rural Magazine.
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Agricultural Sector highlight category, delivered by ADVB / RS.
work for in the agricultural segment, winning 5th in the ranking of the consultancy Great Place To Work (GPTW),
in the Large Companies – Agribusiness category.
Fazenda Pantanal (MS) was ranked 1st in the State in the non-irrigated category of the 13th CESB Maximum Soy Productivity Challenge with an index of 97,35 bags/hectare, with the cultivar Brasmax Desafio da SLC Sementes.
SLC Agrícola is the champion in the Agribusiness category of the 10th edition of the Época Negócios 360º Award. This is the second consecutive year that the company has received this distinction. The survey is carried out in partnership with Fundação Dom Cabral and evaluates more than 400 companies from 25 sectors.
SLC Agrícola is part of the “Ranking 100 Open Startups”, carried out by the Open Startups business platform, which encourages innovation and entrepreneurship by bringing startups and large companies together. In addition to being part of the ranking, SLC Agrícola also entered the TOP 5 in agribusiness. The award recognizes the companies most engaged in open innovation in Brazil.
In 2021, SLC Agrícola was part of the list of the 100 most inspiring HRs in the Gupy Destaque Award, which values initiatives that bring inspiration for the future of work. Also in this award, the company was highlighted in the pillars of Development and Innovation in Attraction.
SLC Agrícola has always invested in the training and development of its employees. In recognition of these actions, the company was awarded the Top Ser Humano Award – 2020/21 edition, in the Organization category, carried out by the Brazilian Association of Human Resources – Rio Grande do Sul sectional (ABRH-RS), which recognizes organizations that they value the human being as a strategic differential for the growth of people and companies. The company was awarded for the case “Inclusive Education: continuous learning to challenge and transform”.
SLC Agrícola won yet another recognition for its investment in the training and development of its employees. The South American Human Resources Meeting (ESARH) granted the Company the ESARH Award, in the Projects category – People Management Modality, for the case “Inclusive Education: continuous learning to challenge and transform”. The award has been held by ESARH for over 40 years and recognizes the best practices in human resources with a commitment to disseminating knowledge and improving the work of organizations.
The SLC Group started in 1945 in the city of Horizontina (RS), as a small workshop that did the maintenance on the tools
of farmers. Today, it is one of the largest business groups in Brazil, strongly operating in the segments of
agribusiness and agricultural machinery trade, through the companies SLC Agrícola and SLC Máquinas. It is present in
several locations in Brazil, employs more than 5,000 employees and has an annual revenue of close to R$ 3 billion
(2017). Go to www.slc.com.br to know more.
In 2019, the SLC Institute was created, which aims to act in the development of people, welfare entities and
communities, preferably using education to generate opportunities and possibilities for transforming people’s
lives. Click here and find out.
SLC Agrícola and its Joint Ventures
LandCo is an operation created by SLC Agrícola with the strategy of monetizing part of the property gain
that has been obtained over the 30 years of land acquisition in the region of Cerrado. The English private
equity fund Valiance is a partner of SLC LandCo, currently with 18.8% participation.
SLC – Roncador/Pioneira Farm
Unlike SLC LandCo, this joint operation is directed only to agricultural production (without investment in
land), which brought a growth alternative with low investment and attractive return rates to SLC
SLC – Mit
As in the case of the SLC Roncador joint venture, this operation is directed only to agricultural production
(without investment in land). This is a highly strategic partnership with one of Japan’s largest business
SLC Group was Founded
Agrícola is part of the SLC Group, which was founded in 1945 in the city of Horizontina (RS), by three
German immigrant families. The SLC Group created the first national automotive harvesting grain industry in
Brazil. The SLC Group and SLC Agrícola are part of the agricultural development history in Brazil.
Agropecuária Schneider Logemann Ltd was Founded
Agrícola starts its activities in Horizontina (RS) under the name of Agropecuária Schneider Logemann Ltda.
With the purchase of the Paineira Farm in the municipal district of Coronel Bicaco (RS), dedicated to the
cultivation of soybeans and wheat.
Joint Venture with John Deere
the relationship of the SLC Group with John Deere, SLC pioneered the implementation of mechanized
agriculture in Brazil, with the use of the latest agricultural machinery technology. This association also
influenced the consolidation of the professional management of the company.
Acquisition of the Pamplona Farm (GO)
Agrícola decided to take advantage of the agricultural potential of Brazil’s Central-West region, with the
acquisition of Pamplona Farm in the state of Goiás. Currently, all the company’s farms are located in the
Acquisition of the Planalto Farm (MS)
Acquisition of the Planalto Farm, located in Costa Rica (MS).
Acquisition of the Parnaíba Farm (MA)
Acquisition of the Parnaíba Farm, located in Tasso Fragoso (MA).
Acquisition of the Planorte Farm (MT)
Acquisition of the Planorte Farm, located in Sapezal (MT).
Acquisition of the Planeste Farm (MA)
Acquisition of the Planeste Farm, located in Balsas (MA).
SLC Group leaves the agricultural machinery sector
global president of John Deere, Hans Bacherer, visits the factory in Horizontina, accompanied by Eduardo
Logemann and Jorge Kruel.
Acquisition of the Palmeira (MA) and Paiaguás (MT) Farms
Acquisition of the Palmeira (MA) and Paiaguás (MT) Farms
Acquisition of the Panorama Farm (BA)
Acquisition of the Panorama Farm, located in Correntina (BA).
Initial public offering on Bovespa (São Paulo stock exchange) and the acquisition of the Piratini Farm
Agrícola becomes one of the first companies in its industry to sell shares on a stock exchange. Acquisition
of the Piratini Farm, located in Jaborandi (BA).
Second offering of shares and the acquisition of the Palmares (BA) and Parnaguá (PI) Farms
offering of shares and the acquisition of the Palmares (BA) and Parnaguá (PI) Farms.
Second offering of shares and the acquisition of the Palmares (BA) and Parnaguá (PI) Farms.
offering of shares and the acquisition of the Palmares (BA) and Parnaguá (PI) Farms.
Acquisition of Parceiro (BA) and Paineira (PI) Farms
Acquisition of the Parceiro Farms, located in Formosa do Rio Preto (BA), and Paineira Farm,
located in Monte Alegre (PI)..
Creation of SLC LandCo and acquisition of the Perdizes Farm
Creation of SLC LandCo and acquisition of the Perdizes Farm, located in Porto dos Gauchos (MT).
Conclusion of joint ventures with Dois Vales and Mitsui
Agrícola finds another way to grow, enhancing their experience in agriculture in the Cerrado region, through
two strategic partnerships, reducing the need for capital contributions.
In June, SLC Agrícola celebrates its 40th Anniversary.
SLC Agrícola leases an area of 26,133 hectares in Chapadão do Sul, called Pantanal Farm. The
Split of Parnaíba Farm takes place, creating another Unit in Maranhão, Palmeira Farm.
SLC Agrícola launches AgroExponencial, a program to connect with startups with
the objective of solving internal challenges in an effective and innovative way in the company’s operational and
75 years of the SLC Group
The SLC Group completes 75 years with a trajectory that symbolizes the strength
of Brazilian entrepreneurship and agribusiness, and reaches 2020 making its biggest investment in innovation,
technology and connectivity.
Incorporation of Terra Santa
SLC Agrícola consolidated one of its main growth actions: the incorporation of the company Terra Santa, located
in MT. The deal, concluded in July, adds six farms to SLC Agrícola’s units and will expand production capacity
by another 145 thousand hectares.
Our competitive advantages
Why the Company has become a reference in the world agricultural scene?
During its forty years of history SLC Agrícola has developed a business model based on operating efficiency and
large-scale production. The company introduced modern management techniques, originating from the industrial sector,
into the Brazilian agricultural sector. We have highlighted below some of the competitive advantages that support
SLC Agrícola’s leading position in the global agricultural sector.
High operational efficiency
We understand that our differential in terms of productivity is due to the combination of the factors listed below:
- Cost structure and efficient operating cycle.
- Production technology, with full mechanization of the planting and harvesting processes.
- Using the crop rotation system, which provides a lower incidence of pests and diseases and more efficient use of fertilizers.
- Technical mastery of direct planting, a planting system that does not require tilling the soil which reduces the loss of soil, water and nutrients to negligible levels and lowers the production cost due to less use of machinery on the farm.
- Experience in correcting the chemical composition of soil and selecting seeds.
- Mastery of the technological package of supplies, which allows for maximum technical efficiency.
Strategic and diverse locations
The property portfolio of SLC Agrícola is diverse, with the strategic location of its fourteen production plants in six states of Cerrado: Goiás, Mato Grosso, Maranhão, Mato Grosso do Sul, Bahia and Piauí. The diversification of the locations of its properties minimizes potential regional climate risks and incidence of pests and diseases.
Scale and standardization
The Company’s business model is based on the standardization of production on its various Farms, including the adoption of a productive infrastructure, equipment, operational organizational structure, administrative and agricultural planning, allowing it to implement its expansion plan efficiently.
Experience and competence in the purchase of land
SLC Agrícola pioneered the development of crops in the Brazilian Cerrado. We have acquired skills in the processes of evaluating and purchasing of farms in agricultural areas of the country with high yield potential and property appreciation.
Qualified professional management
SLC Agrícola’s managers have extensive experience and profound knowledge of the agricultural sector and its production processes. The interests of the employees are aligned with the Company, to maximize results, following the principles of customer service with excellence, ethics and innovation.
Our Ownership Structure