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 […]

American Sugar Alliance Congratulates Xochitl Torres Small on Her Senate Confirmation as USDA Deputy Secretary

America’s sugar farmers and workers congratulate Xochitl Torres Small on her appointment as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Deputy Secretary. “Throughout her career, Under Secretary Torres Small has been a champion for American farmers, workers, and rural communities – including those supported by the U.S. sugar industry. We’re confident in her ability to work with […]

The U.S. Sugar Industry is comprised of 11,000 sugarbeet and sugarcane family farmers and supports 151,000 good-paying jobs

Contrary to the narrative on iHeartMedia’s Big Sugar Podcast, in America, 11,000 sugarbeet and sugarcane family farmers support 151,000 jobs across more than two dozen states. Our industry is 100% farmer-, employee-, and family- owned. All of the sugar industry pays fair wages and offers good benefits to their workers. Sugar planting and harvesting is […]

PRESS RELEASE: Sugar Policy Supports American Farm Families and Blue-Collar Jobs Says Minnesota Farmer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   May 2, 2023 Washington, D.C. – Today, Neil Rockstad, a sugarbeet farmer from Ada, Minnesota, testified before the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Commodities, Risk Management, and Trade. On behalf of the American Sugar Alliance, he thanked Chairwoman Tina Smith (D-MN) and Ranking Member Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) for listening to the needs of […]

PRESS RELEASE: Sugar Farmers Urge Members of Congress to Support American Farmers and Workers for Food Security  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   April 26, 2023  Washington, D.C. – Today, Patrick Frischhertz, a sugarcane grower from Plaquemine, Louisiana testified before the House Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities, Risk Management, and Credit. He thanked Chairman Austin Scott (R-GA-8) and Ranking Member Shontel Brown (D-OH-11) for listening to the needs of American producers as they craft the […]

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