Current legislative proposals to change U.S. sugar policy may be positioned as modest reform; but they would have dire economic consequences on U.S. sugar producers, put U.S. taxpayers on the hook — and leave U.S. consumers dependent on unreliable, subsidized foreign suppliers.
That’s the conclusion of a paper re-leased in mid-May by two Texas A&M University ag economists.
The paper, titled “Analysis of the Coalition for Sugar Reform Amendments to U.S. Sugar Policy: Potential Effect on Policy and Industry,” was pre-pared by Joe Outlaw and James Richardson for the American Sugar Alliance*. Outlaw is professor and extension economist at Texas A&M, while Richardson is regents professor and Texas Agricultural Experiment Station senior faculty fellow. The two economists also serve as co-directors of the university’s Agricultural and Food Pol-icy Center.
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Luther Markwart focused on “take home” messages in his summary remarks toward the conclusion of this year’s American Sugarbeet Growers Association annual meeting. “What do we tell our growers? What do we do as leaders of this industry?” ASGA’s longtime executive vice president asked the local and regional grower association leaders in attendance.
ASGA Executive Vice President Luther Markwart
Outlines Association Priorities for Coming Year
In what areas will the American Sugarbeet Growers Association be focusing its efforts during the coming year? Luther Markwart, ASGA’s longtime executive vice president, updated members on several of the association’s top 2010 priorities during the group’s annual meeting in early February.
• Crop Insurance — ASGA has worked for several years toward the removal of stages for sugarbeet crop insurance. That effort, which began with a pilot project in Minnesota, has now culminated in stage removal in all U.S. sugarbeet states except California (whose growers typically do not take out crop insurance on beets).
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