The purpose of the organization is to unite sugarbeet growers in the United States and promote the common interest of state and regional beet grower associations, which include legislative and international representation and public relations.
Our members associations represent 10,000 family farmers in all 11 producing states (California, Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming). The Board of Directors donate their time and talents to ASGA in order to represent their growers' interests in maintaining a strong, profitable, efficient and productive industry. They and their fellow farmers are dedicated to supplying a portion of the consumer's sweetener needs. It is a challenge and responsibility that they take seriously and proudly accept.
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WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2013 --The Farm Service Agency (FSA) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced another iteration of the Feedstock Flexibility Program (FFP). These invitations are subsequent to the first series of invitations issued Aug. 15.
Congress created FFP in the 2008 Farm Bill, which requires the purchase of sugar as a feedstock for producing fuel-grade ethanol and other biofuels. The program is designed to avoid forfeiture of sugar pledged as collateral by processors that secure nonrecourse commodity loans from CCC. This iteration of the FFP is different from the earlier version in that sugarcane and sugar beet processors are encouraged to submit their offer jointly with the bioenergy producer.
The Farm Service Agency’s invitation for U.S. sugar processors to sell sugar to CCC, and the invitation for bioenergy producers to buy sugar under FFP for bioenergy production, can be found on the FSA Commodity Operations website at: www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/webapp?area=home&subject=coop&topic=landing
For further background on FFP and other sugar programs administered by USDA’s Farm Service Agency, go online to www.fsa.usda.gov.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2013 The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the Fiscal Year 2014 raw and refined sugar tariff-rate quotas.
USDA is establishing the FY 2014 TRQ for raw cane sugar at 1,231,497 short tons raw value (STRV) (1,117,195 metric tons raw value, MTRV*), the minimum to which the United States is committed under the World Trade Organization (WTO) Uruguay Round Agreement on Agriculture. (Read more)
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WASHINGTON—A complex web of Brazilian government programs provides nearly $2.5 billion per year in sugar subsidies, giving Brazil a leg up on its competitors and distorting global prices, according to a new report released today. Read more
WASHINGTON—In testimony delivered to the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) today, U.S. sugar producers encouraged the agency to publicly note the positive effect U.S. sugar policy has on the economy. Read more
WASHINGTON—In response to today's Wall Street Journal article about possible U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) actions to cope with record sugar surpluses, the American Sugar Alliance (ASA) released the following statement and background information. Read more
The Sugar and Sweetener Outlook for April 2013 reviews the sugar and sweetener outlook for the United States and Mexico, emphasizing changes made in the April 2013 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report. Also included are chapters on: (1) the U.S. honey outlook and (2) imprecision in measuring U.S. sugar imports by entities that are not required to report. Read more
The Administration formally notified Congress yesterday of its plan to negotiate a comprehensive trade and investment agreement with the European Union (WTD, 3/20/13).
Notification triggers a 90-day consultation period with Congress before negotiations can begin.
"The decision to launch negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership reflects the broadly shared conviction that transatlantic trade and investment can be an even stronger driver of mutual job creation, growth and increased competitiveness," acting US Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis said in a letter to Congressional leaders.
The deputy USTR said the Administration is confident it will be possible to solve difficult issues and conclude a mutually beneficial agreement, including on non-tariff barriers.
EU officials have said they would like to wrap up the negotiations by the end of next year. Also yesterday the European Commission released its "roadmap" on the TTIP.