Sugar Program Working — Shannon -- “The federal government’s sugar program is working and is in the ‘long-range best interest’ of U.S. consumers, the domestic sugar industry, and large sugar-using companies, a spokesman for a farmer-owned sugar cooperative told the
Lou Towater President New American Growers / By Janice Grauberger — “When Lou Towater talks about the sugarbeet industry, there is a determined set to his jaw and an undeniable twinkle in his eye.
“The longtime resident of Scottsbluff, Neb., who is president of the American Sugarbeet Growers Association and SUGRO, has found a special niche in the industry.
Markwart Assume[s] ASGA Executive Vice Pres. Position — “Luther A. Markwart assumed the position of Executive Vice President of the American Sugarbeet Growers Association as of April 1, 1982. Markwart’s responsibilities will be to represent the common interest of sugarbeet growers from 13 states to Congress, the Administration and also internationally. He will also work closely with other farm organizations on a national basis to promote and protect the interests of agriculture.
USDA Geneticist Stresses Importance of Developing Crops Resistant to Certain Herbicides -- “ ‘If scientists could develop crops that are resistant to certain herbicides, more complete weed control, increased yields, and reduced consumer prices for food would result,’ says USDA plant geneticist Garry A. Smith. . . .
Farm Bill Passes — “The House passed the Farm Bill on December 16 and President Reagan signed the bill into law on December 22.
“The bill sets up a four-year support program with support loan rates of 17 cents a pound on raw sugar for the 1982 crop, 17.50 cents a pound for 1983, 17.75 cents a pound for 1984, and 18 cents a pound for 1985. Program terms are designed to result in operation of the system without any cost to the Treasury.
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Vertical Tiller Saves Fuel and Chemicals -- “Over one-fifth of the energy used in North Dakota agriculture is consumed for tillage operations. Recently, new reduced tillage equipment has been introduced for sugarbeet and other row crop production that cold reduce fuel consumption for tillage by approximately 50 percent, according to Jerry Fitts, extension sugarbeet specialist at North Dakota State University.
Coke Bottlers Suing Parent Company -- “The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Elizabethtown, Ky., said that it and 95 other Coke bottlers were suing the parent Coca-Cola Company over its use of a cheaper sugar substitute in its syrup and for alleged overpricing.
“A Coca-Cola Company spokesman said the company was aware of the suits, viewed them as without merit and would oppose them vigorously.
Consumer Support for Comprehensive Sugar Policy Urged By Growers -- “At the annual meeting of the American Sugarbeet Growers Association held in Tucson, February 2-6, Executive Vice President Richard Blake urged adoption of a policy that would provide U.S. consumers with a dependable supply of sugar at fair and stable prices. . . . According to Blake, since 1974 the U.S. has continued to move toward greater reliance on sugar exporting countries whose collective ability to supply domestic needs is neither constant nor predictable.
NDSU-UM Beet Program a Million Dollar Connection
— “Take dedicated researchers and extension workers, adding willing cooperators, blend in sugar factory interest, stir well with liberal amounts of funding to conduct needed research, and you have a prize-winning recipe. From modest beginnings — 1961 grower contributions to research were $4,000 — support for sugarbeet research has continued to increase in line with an increasing technology. Beet grower funding broke the $100,000 mark in 1975. The 1980 budget was $200,000, making total contributions about $1.2 million.
“Much of the credit for the outstanding sugarbeet programs in extension and research in the Red River Valley and Renville, Minnesota, areas goes to the Sugarbeet Research and Education Board of Minnesota and North Dakota.