The U.S. House of Representatives today approved the 2018 Farm Bill. The American Sugar Alliance (ASA) released the following statement in response:
“America’s sugar producers are grateful to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX), Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-MN), and countless other House members for their tireless efforts to beat back attacks on America’s no-cost sugar policy throughout this process. They are true champions for U.S. agriculture.
“The Farm Bill passed today contains a strong sugar policy that will give sugar farmers and workers a fighting chance to survive in a market that is plagued by low prices and ever-increasing foreign subsidies.
“We hope that the United States Senate quickly follows suit and approves a strong sugar policy, which producers need to provide some certainty in these uncertain times.”
The House rejected, by a 141-vote margin, an anti-farmer amendment on May 17 that was designed to further depress sugar farmers’ prices and flood the U.S. market with additional subsidized imports.
Sugar farmers and workers from across the country visited Capitol Hill to help defeat this harmful amendment as part of ASA’s Faces of Sugar Policy campaign. Their rallying cry to Congress was simple: Don’t cut our families out of the Farm Bill.