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From the International Sweetener Symposium:
Napa, Calif.—U.S. sugar policy has worked well for taxpayers, consumers and farmers, U.S. Representative K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas) said today at the 30th International Sweetener Symposium. So recent House and Senate votes to extend the policy was no surprise to the chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee General Farm Commodities and Risk Management.
“This is one of those classic circumstances of if it’s not broke don’t fix it,” he said. “The sugar policy we’ve had in place for 10 years has worked. It protects our producers from foreign governments. Foreign [sugar producers] are subsidized heavily. Their crops are heavily protected.”
And these foreign sugar subsidizes, he said, are encouraging dumping and harming the global market.
The sugar provision in the farm bills passed by both chambers is important to shielding the U.S. food supply and farmers from such market manipulation, he said.
“If we eliminated the sugar program, we would unilaterally disarm America’s sugar producers,” he said, adding that unilateral disarmament does not further free-market goals.
America’s successful sugar policy, which operated without taxpayer cost from 2001-2012, must remain in place “unless we can get other governments out of the sugar subsidy business,” Conaway said.
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