Ahhh…spring is in the air. Birds are chirping, the sun is shining, blooms are blooming, farmers are planting, and the USDA is busy releasing attaché reports.
Ok, that last one isn’t exactly a springtime staple, but it does occur like clockwork every April, and these reports often go unnoticed despite their importance.
The Foreign Agricultural Service is responsible for publishing Global Agricultural Information Network Reports, which are commonly called attaché reports because they are made possible by U.S. ambassadors’ in-country agricultural attachés. These country-by-country write-ups detail crop conditions and policy actions. And for people blessed with the patience to wade through loads of information, they provide a great snapshot of the global subsidies that are distorting world markets.
Lucky for you, the American Sugar Alliance has a very patient employee who keeps meticulous records. So, in the interest of shining a light on global subsidies and pushing for a Zero-for-Zero sugar policy, we’ve decided to share our running list with the world.
Click here to check out nearly 10 pages of global subsidy examples and find hyperlinks to the full reports. And if that’s not enough, check out our ongoing compilation of foreign subsidy news here. Happy reading.