The Sweetener Users Association comprises companies that are directly affected by many policies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including USDA’s administration of the federal sugar program. While we have often been critical of the structure of current sugar policy, we have also worked closely with USDA officials to encourage program administration that is balanced toward growers, refiners, users and other stakeholders. Toward that end, it is important that the Secretary of Agriculture have a breadth of experience that permits him or her to take into account the needs of all affected groups, without unduly favoring one sector over another. We believe Governor Perdue’s background and experience equip him to provide such leadership, and again encourage your favorable consideration of his nomination.