ASA releases final installment in four-part “Sugar Shorts” video series that explains how U.S. sugar policy works.
Sugar has been called the world’s most distorted market. Our third “Sugar Shorts” video explains why.
How has the price of sugar remained so low for so long? The second video in the “Sugar Shorts” series explores the answer.
Amendments designed to gut no-cost U.S. sugar policy were rejected during the 2014 Farm Bill debate, but their backers are dusting them off for another run.
As the holiday season kicks off, Americans will be reaching for a staple in their pantries. From pumpkin pie to cookies for Santa, U.S. households have relied on domestic sugar supplies for generations.
This Halloween will be full of the same old stale rhetoric from well-heeled multinational companies that want to outsource America’s sugar production.
U.S. sugar policy is spelled out in the Farm Bill. Congress has started debate on the 2018 bill and will continue to discuss it into next year.
Farm Policy Facts, a coalition of farm organizations including ASA, spoke with sugar farmers and, today, kicks off a three-part sugar harvest series.
Attacking individual legislators is never a smart political move since the critics are lobbying those lawmakers to outsource some of our food production.
Galen Lee, President of the American Sugarbeet Growers Association, discusses the non-recourse loans found in the Farm Bill in a recent Agri-Pulse piece.
“We commend the White House for filling these important positions with two individuals who will provide strong leadership at a critical time for the U.S. sugar industry.”
Sugarcane growers across the South stepped up to help their friends and neighbors after hurricanes Irma and Harvey.
Outsourcing U.S. sugar production to subsidized foreign producers is atop Big Candy’s legislative wish list.
It boggles the mind that one of the few — if not only — government programs designed to operate at no cost continues to come under attack.
Our farmers suffer when foreign countries dump heavily subsidized surplus sugar on the world market to protect their own interests, according to Jack Roney.
Rep. Peterson said drafting should begin in September and that he’d like to complete a Farm Bill this year, before the Senate does.
Three researchers who presented today at the International Sweetener Symposium criticized a controversial Heritage Foundation attack on farm policy.
“It’s important to keep some key ingredients of the farm safety net during this transition period.”
Current sugar policy is a big part of the Farm Bill, and Chairman Conaway applauded the policy for its $0 budget and past success in keeping prices stable.
Leaders from the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Farmers Union (NFU) today pledged their continued support of U.S. sugar policy.
“Bears remain firmly in the driving seat,” the executive director of the International Sugar Organization said today of the global sugar market.
“A reliable, affordable, homegrown sugar supply is in the public interest, and no-cost sugar policy makes it all possible.”
Despite nearly 5 years of declining prices, makers of candy, cakes, cookies and other sweet treats never lowered prices for grocery shoppers.
Sugar producers took the time to address lawmakers during a recent Farm Bill listening session in Minnesota.
Ervin Schlemmer called on Congress to maintain U.S. sugar policy and to make research funding a priority in the news Farm Bill.
India’s latest action adds to the growing body of evidence supporting the need for stopping subsidized and dumped sugar worldwide.
With so much attention on Mexico, chances are good you lost track of all the other foreign subsidy developments around the globe. ASA didn’t.
Both letters, penned by American Sugar Alliance Chairman Jack Pettus, are included.
“Mr. Doud has a tremendous amount of experience in agricultural and trade policy. He is an advocate for U.S. farmers and ranchers…”
America’s sugar farmers and producers today informed the Department of Commerce (DOC) that they support the agreement to bring Mexico’s subsidized sugar industry into compliance with U.S. trade laws. The pledge was made after DOC tightened the agreement.
“U.S. sugar farmers and producers are concerned that the agreement in principle contains a major loophole in the section dealing with additional U.S. needs…”
The debate over whether Mexico’s subsidized sugar industry will be held accountable for violating U.S. trade laws has been getting a lot of press coverage lately.
In 2015, the U.S. government found Mexico guilty of both dumping and subsidization. Yet Mexico is still dumping.
When does aloha mean goodbye? After Mexico broke U.S. trade laws and ran Hawaii’s century-old sugar industry into the ground.
“This is a law enforcement issue. The U.S. government ruled that Mexico broke U.S. trade law and must be held accountable.”
There are dozens of foreign producers who responsibly and fairly supplied the U.S. market for the decades before Mexico began gaming the system.
Hopefully this week’s talks will move in the right direction and towards suspension agreements that finally stop the injury caused by Mexico.
Mrs. J.A. Tiedt sat down at a table across from a high school teacher in Culver, Indiana, 75 years ago this month and became the first person in her town to receive a book of sugar ration stamps.
It was May 1942 and World War II was raging across Europe. Sugar was the first food staple rationed by the U.S. government during the war.
“We urge you to continue your strong efforts to utilize the United States’ antidumping and countervailing laws in response to the serious injury Mexico caused to U.S. sugar producers.”
DOC Announces Action to Stop Mexican Dumping of Subsidized Sugar with Duties, Unless a Deal Can Be Reached
The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) yesterday announced that it would end the antidumping and countervailing duty suspension agreements in place with Mexico and impose duties on Mexican sugar beginning June 5, unless the two countries can reach an accord before then to stop Mexico’s unfair trading practices.
Josh Buettner’s piece for the Market to Market segment spotlighted Alexander & Baldwin’s decision in December to shutter the Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company operation on Maui as an example of how the U.S. sugar industry is struggling in a world market that is manipulated by foreign governments.
If sugar is not profitable, farmers lose more than our farms. We lose our businesses, our investments, and our local economies.
ASA’s Jack Roney testified before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management that a strong sugar policy is essential in the current low-price environment.
Haribo’s expansion in America is great news for the U.S. economy and for U.S. beet and cane producers.
Legislation targeting job-killing foreign sugar subsidies is back before Congress with the reintroduction of the Zero-for-Zero sugar policy by Congressman Ted Yoho (R-FL).
The president of the American Sugarbeet Growers Association and a fifth-generation Louisiana sugarcane farmer spoke today at Agri-Pulse’s Farm Bill Summit.
Former U.S. Rep. Eligio “Kika” de la Garza II (D-TX), a longtime House Agricultural Committee chairman who became the first Mexican-American to represent the Rio Grande Valley in Congress, died this week.
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.
More than 23,000 of the 123,000 jobs lost in that analysis come from soft drink (HFCS, not sugar) and ice manufacturing. And there’s no sugar in ice.
The American Sugar Alliance released the following statement about President Trump appointing Ray Starling to the National Economic Council.
When it comes to sugar production, Brazil is the big, bad bully on the block. using at least $2.5 billion a year in subsidies and other government goodies.
September 30 marked the end of the 2016 fiscal year, and with it, yet another 12-month period that U.S. sugar policy operated at no cost to taxpayers.
As Mexico dumped subsidized sugar onto the U.S. market in recent years and sent sugar prices spiraling downward, consumers paid more for sweetened products and food manufacturers’ revenues grew.
As Mexico dumped subsidized sugar onto the U.S. market in recent years and sent sugar prices spiraling downward, consumers paid more for sweetened products and food manufacturers’ revenues grew. That’s according to Jack Roney, an economist with the American Sugar Alliance.
In Hawaii, like other places, sugar was attractive because it could be grown and shipped as nearly a finished product. That kind of crop is hard to replace.
As sugar production in America changed and became more mechanized, the skills of Hawaii’s labor population had to change, too.
The first laborers were men who came for 2-year stints. Then families started arriving.
December 12 marked the last sugar harvest in Maui and a sad day in the U.S. sugar industry. After more than a century, Hawaii will no longer produce sugar.
We asked a former journalist who was brand new to sugar policy to research it and write a brief explanation for new Hill staff or Administration officials.
With leaders like this, who are dedicated to putting U.S. interests first and defending jobs in rural America, things are looking brighter.
America’s sugar producers would like to congratulate former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue on his nomination to serve as the next Secretary of Agriculture.
A United Nations report on human rights abuses in countries that grow sugarcane suggests sugar is produced in some countries no matter the human cost.
Congressman Ted Yoho (R-FL) took to the pages of Townhall.com today to discuss America’s future trade agenda and how his “Zero-for-Zero” sugar policy proposal would help by “holding cheaters accountable.”
“Mr. Lighthizer’s commitment to strong enforcement of U.S. trade agreements and laws make him a perfect choice for USTR.”