Two studies touting the importance of U.S. sugar policy took center stage when the American Sugar Alliance released a new video about studies by professors at Texas A&M University and the University of Maryland.
Luther Markwart, Executive Vice President of the American Sugarbeet Growers Association, counters some common misperceptions about US sugar policy.
Earlier this month, a national farming television program called the U.S. Farm Report ran a segment that used decades-old talking points about U.S. sugar policy to completely mischaracterize U.S. producers’ stance on trade.
Returns have been low for the better part of three decades for sugar industries on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border, but the two countries have dealt with the challenge far differently.
U.S. Sugar Policy is based on the economic principle that supply should reflect demand. Too much supply and low prices put farmers out of business. Too little supply and consumers get burned with high grocery bills.