Statement on the Passing of Former USDA Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation

The American Sugar Alliance and its more than 11,000 sugarbeet and sugarcane family farmers mourn the loss of Bill Northey, a champion for agriculture.  Mr. Northey while at USDA shepherded the implementation of 2018 Farm Bill and the sugar Suspension Agreements with Mexico. He also guided farmers through unprecedented natural disasters, as well as the […]

American Farm Bureau Federation Backs U.S. Sugar Producers – Votes to Endorse No-Cost Sugar Policy

Last week the American Farm Bureau Federation met for its 105th convention, gathering farmers and ranchers from across the country to discuss issues critical to its members. As part of its 2024 policy resolutions, AFBF expressed its continued support for no-cost sugar policy. “We applaud the American Farm Bureau Federation’s continued support of no-cost U.S. […]

WSJ Letter to the Editor: Don’t offshore our American family farms

By Rob Johansson, Director of Economics and Policy Analysis at the American Sugar Alliance American family farmers work around the clock to grow the sugar crops that help feed our nation. Phil Gramm and Donald J. Boudreaux demonize them by referencing a flawed GAO report that ignores the serious threat to our farmers and agricultural […]

Farm Policy Experts Note Rising Costs of Producing Sugarbeets and Sugarcane

In a recent Southern Ag Today article, two well-respected professors looked at the rising costs of production for sugarbeet and sugarcane farmers. Their analysis, which is a timely addition to the upcoming farm bill discussions, is in stark contrast to the non-treatment of this important issue by GAO in a recent report purportedly on the U.S. sugar market. “Drs. […]

There is No Sugar Supply Shortage in the United States. Period.

Recently, big corporate candy executives have been pushing a false narrative that there is a domestic sugar shortage. According to a recent report from the United States Department of Agriculture, not only are these reports totally false — there is actually a plentiful supply of sugar, assuring American families they will once again enjoy another […]

Farm Policy Experts Respond to Inaccuracies in GAO Sugar Report

In a recent Southern Ag Today article, three well-respected experts on farm policy – including sugar policy – criticized GAO’s recent report on sugar. “GAO’s report did not add anything new to the discussion of the U.S. sugar program, and it missed an opportunity to finally provide a balanced report which includes the benefits provided […]

Vince Smith’s Op-Ed in the Hill is False

Vince Smith’s op-ed in the Hill is based on a false premise and makes several main points that we’ve repeatedly debunked. First, Smith’s op-ed and the GAO report both base their arguments on the false notion that global sugar markets are competitive and are not grossly distorted by foreign subsidization of sugar and ethanol sectors.  […]

American Sugar Alliance Responds to Inaccuracies in GAO Sugar Report

“GAO continues to make major and obvious errors in their analysis of sugar policy and markets in the United States and in other countries to the detriment of American farm families and workers. We urge Congress to consider the facts, including that global sugar costs of production have routinely exceeded global sugar prices over the […]

Press Release: American Sugar Alliance, Producer Groups, and Union Allies Across Agriculture Reject Reckless Anti-Sugar Anti-Farmer Amendment

For Immediate Release Washington, D.C. – In response to Representative Scott Perry’s anti-sugar policy amendment (#173) in the FY2024 agriculture appropriations package, American Sugar Alliance Chairwoman Cassie Bladow said: “Rep. Perry’s anti-sugar amendment threatens American farm families who provide Americans with a reliable, domestic sugar supply – risking 11,000 farmers, 151,000 jobs, and $23 billion […]

Press Release: National Poll Reveals Strong Support for the U.S. Sugar Industry   

For Immediate Release (September 18, 2023) Washington, D.C. – In a national survey of 2,000 registered voters, Morning Consult found strong support for the U.S. sugar industry and recognition that it is an important part of the American economy and food security. An overwhelming majority, 94% of surveyed voters, recognize the vital role farmers play […]

Plenty of candy available for 2023 Trick-or-Treat

The American Sugar Alliance submitted the following Letter to the Editor in response to erroneous reporting on the sugar industry and sugar supply in America. WSJ declined to publish the response or fact-check their article. The Wall Street Journal’s recent story – “Sugar Shortage Threatens Candy Production Ahead of Halloween, Holiday Seasons” (July 22) – […]

38th International Sweetener Symposium Highlights the Strength and Resilience of American Sugar Producers

The 38th International Sweetener Symposium, held August 4th to August 9th, 2023, in Napa, CA, brought together key leaders of the sugarbeet and sugarcane industries to discuss challenges facing the American sugar industry. The group gathered in California – the only state that produces sugar from both sugarbeets and sugarcane. The industry heard from a […]

Bipartisan Leaders of the House and Senate Support Sugar Policy in the Farm Bill

Washington, D.C. – Members of Congress – including the leaders of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry and the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture – reiterated their support for strong U.S. sugar policy in the upcoming Farm Bill during the 38th International Sweetener Symposium held by the American Sugar Alliance. The 22 […]

USDA Reiterates Support for American Sugar Producers

WASHINGTON D.C. – At the 38th International Sweetener Symposium, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC), Gloria Montaño Greene thanked sugar producers for collaborating on climate smart agriculture while acknowledging the numerous challenges sugar producers face. Deputy Under Secretary Montaño Greene assured the industry that USDA is “supportive […]

Congresswoman Hinson Tells American Sugar Industry: We Must Strengthen the Farm Safety Net  

Washington, D.C. – In a keynote address at the 38th International Sweetener Symposium, Congresswoman Ashley Hinson (R-IA-02) spoke to the importance of the 2023 Farm Bill and strengthening the safety net for all American farmers – including U.S. sugarbeet and sugarcane growers. Congresswoman Hinson told sugar producers, “Title I provides critical tools that we can […]

Congressman Costa Thanked American Sugar Producers for their Role in Ensuring Food Security

Washington, D.C. – “Sugar is an important industry because food is a national security issue,” Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA-21) told sugar producers at the 38th International Sweetener Symposium.   The California congressman emphasized the importance of family farmers – including American sugar producers – to ensuring food security. When it comes to trade, Congressman Costa […]

Congresswoman Cammack Champions Sugar Producers in Keynote Address  

For Immediate Release Washington, D.C. – American Sugar Alliance Chairman Ryan Weston kicked off the 38th International Sweetener Symposium with a keynote address from Congresswoman Kat Cammack (R-FL-03). “It’s great to bring the industry together to discuss the issues sugarcane and sugarbeet farmers are facing and hear from members of Congress on the importance of […]

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