29th International Sweetener Symposium Set for Aug. 3-8
The 29th International Sweetener Symposium, hosted by the American Sugar Alliance (ASA), is scheduled for August 3-8 at the Coeur d’Alene Golf & Spa Resort in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Traditionally, about 400 people attend the International Sweetener Symposium to hear about timely issues of significance affecting the sweetener industry, and to interact with industry colleagues.
“Attendance at this year’s symposium is a must for all industry stakeholders, given the critical state of play of sugar policy with the pending renewal of the farm bill,” according to ASA. “Will we have a completed farm bill by August, or will it still be a work-in-progress?”
Other 2012 symposium program topics will include U.S. and world market supply-demand outlooks, and the effect of multilateral, regional and bilateral trade agreements on world sugar policies and U.S. commodity programs.
The acclaimed Coeur d’Alene Resort is located in scenic northern Idaho, about 30 miles east of Spokane, Wash., and 100 miles south of the Canadian border. The world-class resort is perched on the shores of spectacular Lake Coeur d’Alene, flanked by the foothills of the Bitterroot Mountains.
For more details on the 2012 International Sweetener Symposium, visit ASA’s website: www.sugaralliance.org.
New Book — Beta maritima: The Origin of Beets — Available
Beta maritima: The Origin of Beets is the title of a book recently published by Springer Science+Business Media. Authored by Enrico Biancardi, Leonard (Lee) Panella and Robert Lewellen, the book focuses on the Beta maritima (sea beet) species, which has provided the genetic foundation for cultivated sugarbeet’s resistance to many diseases and pests. Sugarbeet cultivation as it exists today would, in fact, be impossible in many countries without the recovery of traits preserved in the wild germplasm.
The new 293-page book includes 126 illustrations, most in color. Sections cover Beta maritima history and current importance; range of distribution; morphology, physiology and ecology; taxonomy; uses; source of useful traits; cultivated offspring; and the future of germplasm conservation, transgene diffusion and source of new traits.
Enrico Biancardi is a retired Italian sugarbeet geneticist who continues to collaborate with scientists in several beet-producing countries. Lee Panella is geneticist and research leader of the USDA-ARS sugarbeet group at Fort Collins, Colo. Robert Lewellen was sugarbeet research geneticist with USDA-ARS at Salinas, Calif., from 1966 until his retirement in 2008.
For more information on Beta maritima: The Origin of Beets, including ordering details, visit the Springer website — www.springer.com — and search Beta maritima.
Another World Record Sugarbeet Crop in California
Another world-record sugarbeet crop was harvested in the Imperial Valley of California this past year. Ben Abatti, Jr., of Baja Farms, Holtville, was honored at the 2012 annual meeting of the California Beet Growers Association for his 70-acre field that averaged 78.71 tons per acre with 15.89% sugar, for a gross sugar of 25,014 pounds per acre. That beat the previous record, set in 2010, by nearly 500 pounds. Baja’s record-setting field was planted to Betaseed variety 4521R. Abatti is pictured above with his family upon receiving the award for this achievement.