Dr. Dan Colacicco of Cicco Commodities, Inc. provides consulting services on federal agricultural support programs, particularly USDA’s sugar, honey, and dairy support programs. Dr. Colaccio currently serves as an economic advisor to the American Sugar Alliance, working to optimize Sugar Program management to the benefit of U.S. sugarcane and sugarbeet growers, processors, and refiners.
Dr. Colacicco has held a number of positions in the federal government, previously serving as the Director of the Dairy and Sweetener Analysis Group, Farm Service Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture (2000-2014). Dr. Colacicco administered the domestic Sugar Program and Sugarcane Disaster Assistance programs for the Farm Service Agency. He also provided the economic and policy analysis for FSA’s dairy and honey programs. He was responsible for the regulations and implementation of the domestic sugar program, which includes the Sugar Loan Program, Sugar Marketing Allotment Program, Sugar Payment in Kind Program, Feedstock Flexibility Program, and the sugar information collection system. He was responsible for developing the strategy and implementing the programs that eliminated the 2013 sugar surplus in the U.S. sugar market.
Dr. Colacicco also worked as a sugar and dairy analyst at the Dairy and Sweetener Analysis Group, USDA/FSA (1993-2000). Provided economic and policy analysis (interpreted law, wrote regulations, wrote implementing manuals, established quantitative methods of program eligibility and acceptance, evaluated programs) of USDA’s Sugar Marketing Allotment Program, Sugar Loan Program, Dairy Market Loss Assistance Program, and Dairy Price Support Program. Assisted in the elimination of the 2000/01 domestic sugar surplus, mainly through tightening the U.S. market to permit government sugar sales. Dr. Colacicco also developed and administered a program using surplus sugar to produce ethanol. He was a member of USDA’s dairy and sugar interagency estimates committees that produce USDA’s monthly WASDE report for 15 years.