The news media recently made a huge deal about the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. And rightfully so.
The storm changed the country forever and demonstrated how Americans come together with compassion and humanity to help their fellow citizens in crisis.
For the sugar industry, the 2005 hurricane season was likewise life changing. And it didn’t end with Katrina. Less publicized Hurricanes Rita and Wilma followed, and the damage they inflicted was devastating—even if few people outside of southern Louisiana and Florida even remember they happened.
On this anniversary of that horrific season, we thought it appropriate to dust off the Power Point presentation developed by the American Sugar Alliance many years ago to explain the full impact.
Thanks to the kindness of neighbors and the hard work of sugar farmers, America’s sugar industry rebuilt. But let’s not forget that without the market stability provided by U.S. sugar policy at the time, the happy outcome would have likely looked a whole lot different.
Makes you wonder why some are angling to gut the farm safety net and hang U.S. farmers out to dry the next time around.