Independent DirectorMr. Roberto Rodrigues serves as an Independent Member of the Board of Directors of Fertilizantes Heringer SA. He owns farming interests in rural Sao Paulo and Maranhao. He is Chairman of the Superior Agribusiness Council of the Sao Paulo State Industries Federation and CoChairman of the Interamerican Ethanol Commission. He was Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply from January 2003 to June 2006, Chairman of the Brazilian Agribusiness Association and the Brazilian Rural Association. He was Minister of Agriculture and Food Supply in Sao Paulo state and led the private sector at the National Agriculture Forum. In the academic area, he is Coordinator of the Agribusiness Center at the Getulio Vargas Foundation, Professor in the Rural Economics Department at UNESP, Jaboticabal, and Visiting Researcher at Universidade de Sao Paulos Institute for Advanced Studies. He has published articles on agriculture, cooperative movement and rural economy. He is Author of three books and CoAuthor of several others. He holds a degree in Agricultural Engineering from Universidade de Sao Paulo .