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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.
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ASA Catalogues Foreign Subsidy Escalation on Website
WASHINGTON - U.S. sugar producers today unveiled a new resource on the American Sugar Alliance (ASA) website that catalogues increases to foreign sugar subsidies made over the past two years. The site, which provides links to news reports about international subsidy changes, already includes nearly 30 entries.
"In 2013, America's sugar producers publicly endorsed the Zero-for-Zero sugar policy, which would roll back all global sugar subsidies in favor of a freemarket," the ASA explained on its new webpage. "Foreign sugar producers responded by escalating subsidies instead of making smart reforms."
Subsidy growth in India and Brazil – the world's two biggest sugar producers – dominate the list and range from export subsidies and increased sugar ethanol mandates to preferential loans and debt forgiveness. There are also entries for China, Thailand, and African countries.
Phillip Hayes, a spokesman for the ASA, said the new database is a useful tool to help lawmakers and others keep track of the subsidy race currently underway by the world's biggest sugar producers.
"Sugar is the world's most distorted commodity market, and it will stay that way until we identify and tackle the direct and indirect subsidies that foreign producers use to dump sugar on the global market below their cost of production," Hayes said. "If we are ever going to achieve a global market where the best businesses are rewarded instead of the most subsidized, then there needs to be a subsidy cease fire."
ASA has offered to support the elimination of U.S. sugar policy if other countries will follow suit, and according to Hayes, the World Trade Organization is the best venue to achieve a simultaneous de-escalation of global subsidies.
Until progress can be made on the international front to foster a free market, Hayes said U.S. producers would continue to fight efforts to weaken U.S. sugar policy, which responds to predatory practices by foreign exporters.
"Unilateral disarmament only rewards the world's biggest subsidizers and worsens conditions on the distorted dump market," he explained.
The list of foreign sugar subsidy news can be found at: http://www.sugaralliance.org/foreign-sugar/news/
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2014 – Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will improve farm loans by expanding eligibility and increasing lending limits to help more beginning and family farmers. As part of this effort, USDA is raising the borrowing limit for the microloan program from $35,000 to $50,000; simplify the lending processes; updating required "farming experience" to include other valuable experiences; and expanding eligible business entities to reflect changes in the way family farms are owned and operated. The changes become effective Nov. 7. Read more
USDA Announces First Quarter Sugar Feedstock Flexibility Program Expectations and Sugar Tariff Rate Quotas for Fiscal Year 2015
Feedstock Flexibility Program
Federal law allows sugar processors to obtain loans from USDA with maturities of up to nine months when the sugarcane or sugar beet harvest begins. Upon loan maturity, the sugar processor may repay the loan in full or forfeit the collateral (sugar) to USDA to satisfy the loan. Read more
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