The Nation’s Capital is Extra Sweet This Week

America’s sugarbeet and sugarcane growers are in town to meet with members of Congress and share their perspective from the farm and the importance of no-cost sugar policy in the Farm Bill.

Meet a few of the farmers that keep sugar flowing to grocery shelves for all Americans:

Wade Hanson is a 4th generation sugarbeet farmer on both sides of his family. He farms in Crookston, Minnesota with his dad, uncle and cousin – and sometimes his two sons pitch in.

Ricky Gonsoulin is a 6th generation sugarcane farmer in Louisiana. On top of being a farmer, husband, and father of 3, he’s a local elected official.

“Sugar is an important product – essential for life even. But it also touches our lives in many different ways.” – Louisiana sugarcane grower Gert LaCour Hawkins

“Just as sugar is a vital part of our nation’s food security, growing sugarbeets has been a vital part of our farm’s crop rotation for over 30 years.” – Washington sugarbeet grower Ryan Munn

Follow along with our farmers for a behind-the-scenes look at
why no-cost sugar policy matters