President-elect Donald Trump recently announced nominees for a couple of key positions that will be particularly important as U.S. sugar producers deal with slumping crop prices and a slew of market-distorting foreign subsidies.
First up was Robert Lighthizer, Trump’s pick to serve as the U.S. Trade Representative. On the nomination, the American Sugar Alliance (ASA) said:
America’s sugar producers look forward working closely with the incoming USTR and his team to target and tear down the unfair trading practices and subsidies that are grossly distorting the world sugar market. We support a free market that rewards the most efficient producers, which is why we have publicly pledged to eliminate U.S. sugar policy when other countries roll back their market-manipulating actions.
Then, the President-elect announced his choice to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Again, ASA applauded:
We look forward to working closely with Gov. Perdue and the rest of the incoming administration to strengthen rural America, level the global playing field, and ensure the country’s continued ability to produce a safe and affordable food supply that is the envy of the world.
The coming months are certain to be challenging for sugarbeet and sugarcane producers across the country. But with leaders like this, who are dedicated to putting U.S. interests first and defending jobs in rural America, things are looking brighter.