CONTACT: Phillip Hayes
January 28, 2014
WASHINGTON—Following today’s vote by the U.S. House of Representatives to approve the 2014 Farm Bill conference report, the American Sugar Alliance issued the following statement.
“Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle should be commended for putting together a bipartisan Farm Bill compromise capable of winning overwhelming support in the House. Farmers are now one step closer to having the peace of mind that a strong five-year Farm Bill brings.
“Today’s vote is good news for sugar producers who are dealing with the duel threat of increasing foreign subsidies and falling sugar prices. We appreciate the tireless work of Congressmen Frank Lucas (R-OK) and Collin Peterson (D-MN), as well other sugar supporters, for continuing America’s successful sugar policy.
“We hope the Senate quickly follows suit by passing the conference report and that the president signs the bill into law once it crosses his desk.”
The sugar policy contained in the Farm Bill conference report is identical to current sugar policy and mirrors the versions passed in 2013 by both the House and Senate. Attempts to weaken U.S. sugar policy failed in five separate recorded votes during the Farm Bill process as lawmakers rightly refused to outsource U.S. sugar production to heavily subsidized foreign producers.
Since the Farm Bill debate began, U.S. sugar prices have plummeted more than 50 percent because of a flood of unneeded Mexican sugar. Major sugar exporters, including Brazil, Thailand, and India, have also increased subsidy levels during that time.
For more information about the American Sugar Alliance and U.S. sugar policy, visit www.sugaralliance.org.