U.S. sugar producers support 142,000 U.S. jobs in 22 states and contribute nearly $20 billion a year to the U.S. economy. Yet, the family farms that are the heart of the industry are reeling from low prices and foreign subsidization. U.S. sugar policy gives them a chance to survive.
|U.S. Raw Sugar
(the price U.S. producers receive for unrefined sugar)
|29.44 cents/pound (Jan.)|
(the price U.S. food manufacturers and grocery stores pay for U.S. sugar)
|28.5 cents/pound (Jan.)|
(the price U.S. grocery stores charge shoppers after their markup)
|61.4 cents/pound (Dec.)|