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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.
In the News
During a political discussion sponsored by POLITICO several weeks ago, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman had the following to say about granting additional sugar market access to countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiation:
"We're talking to all the parties, and sugar's obviously a great sensitivity to our market here, and whatever we do in that area won't undermine the sugar program." Read more
The segment can be viewed by clicking here.
OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE - Reallocation of Unused Fiscal Year 2015 Tariff-Rate Quota Volume for Raw Sugar
SUMMARY: The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice of country-by-country reallocations of the FY 2015 in-quota quantity of the World Trade Organization (WTO) tariff-rate quota (TRQ) for imported raw sugar. (PDF)
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Understanding the labyrinth that India calls a sugar policy can be tough – especially with new subsidy schemes announced on a near weekly basis – but we’ll give it a shot.
Each year, the Indian government mandates the price that sugar mills have to pay farmers for stalks of sugarcane that will be milled into raw sugar. And because sugar farmers are plentiful and politically powerful, that price for their cane crop is always pretty high. Read more
It's that time of year again. Birds are chirping, trees are budding, and bulbs are flowering.
Small children are excited about spring break, egg hunts, and decorated Easter baskets.
And Big Candy is busy complaining on Capitol Hill even though they are selling more product than ever – more than $2.2 billion worth of candy this Easter alone.
If you are a Hill staffer or reporter who has had an otherwise peaceful week interrupted by never-ending complaints from candy lobbyists about U.S. sugar policy, consider some of the recent good news they aren't sharing with you.
"The Ferrara Candy Co. is expanding two plants in the Chicago area. The plants are located in Bellwood and Bolingbrook, Ill."
Food Business News
"Nearly 90 percent of shoppers in a National Retail Federation survey said they will buy candy, spending more than $2.2 billion [this Easter]."
"Clif Bar & Co. broke ground Thursday, March 12, for the Clif Bar Baking Co. in Twin Falls, Idaho... The new $90 million, 270,000-square-foot bakery will help the company meet growing demand worldwide and bring more than 200 jobs when it opens in the spring of 2016, company officials said."
"Kansas City-based Russell Stover Inc. fetched a sweet price — about $1.6 billion — when the company's sale to a Swiss buyer closed last September."
Kansas City Star
"Lindt profit boosted by U.S. demand."
Wall Street Journal
"Hamtramck's [Mich.] most popular chocolate shop is expanding... Alexandra Clark, owner of Bon Bon Bon in Hamtramck, Friday confirmed that she's expanding."
MLive Media, Detroit
"St. Croix Chocolate Co. buys building, plans expansion [in Minn.]."
Since confectioners and other sugar-using industries rarely share their success with lawmakers – choosing instead to poormouth about the distress caused them by sugar farmers – the American Sugar Alliance built a home for Big Candy's big news.
That site tells tales of rapid expansion, record profits, sales strength, and recession resistance. It has posted nearly 100 entries in the past year alone, and it should provide some good reading material when you're enjoying delicious sweet treats this weekend.
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