Advocacy
Legislation

Congressional champions of sugar reform from both sides of the political aisle have introduced bills over the past several years to fix a program that is costing U.S. jobs and driving up consumer prices.

The U.S. sugar program is the only commodity program not reformed in the last two Farm Bills — 2014 and 2018 — and Congress actually made the program worse in 2018 by raising the loan rates on sugar, effectively imposing more costs on U.S. food and beverage manufacturers and American consumers.

The U.S. sugar program is one of the worst examples of Big Government waste — protecting a few wealthy sugar producers to the detriment of millions of consumers.

Sugar Policy Modernization Act of 2017 (H.R. 4265)

To modernize the sugar program under the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996, to provide for the repeal of the feedstock flexibility program for bioenergy producers under the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 and marketing allotments for sugar under the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1938,…

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Sugar Policy Modernization Act of 2017 (S. 2086)

S.2086 – A bill to amend the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 to extend and modernize the sugar program, to extend and subsequently repeal the feedstock flexibility program for bioenergy producers, to extend and subsequently replace flexible marketing allotments for sugar, and for other purposes.  

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Archives: Legislation
Letters

SUA Letter to Chief Agricultural Negotiator Gregg Doud

On behalf of America’s food and beverage manufacturers, who use sugar to make the products U.S. consumers know and love, congratulations on your confirmation to serve as Chief Agricultural Negotiator for the U.S. Trade Representative. You will soon be inundated with a host of issues to digest, but we write…

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SUA Submission to the U.S. Department of Commerce Re: Draft Price Suppression and Statutory Memoranda to A-201-845 – Amendment to the Agreement Suspending the Antidumping Investigation on Sugar from Mexico

The Sweetener Users Association (SUA) appreciates the opportunity to comment on the draft memoranda on price suppression and the statutory analysis of the proposed amendment to the antidumping (AD) agreement on the investigation of sugar from Mexico. SUA’s members are food and beverage companies that use sugar and other caloric…

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SUA Submission to the U.S. Department of Commerce Re: A-201-845 and C-201-846 – Amendments to Agreements Suspending the Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Investigations on Sugar from Mexico

SUA’s members are food and beverage companies that use sugar and other caloric sweeteners in manufacturing their products, as well as trade associations representing these companies. Food companies that use significant amount of sugar in their operations employ 600,000 Americans directly, and account for many more jobs when economic multiplier…

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Archives: Letters
Testimony

Testimony by Bill O’Conner, Senior Agriculture Policy Advisor, Sweetener Users Association to the USTR Hearing on Negotiating Objectives Regarding Modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico

The Sweeteners Users Association (SUA) commends the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) for soliciting comments and testimony from the various sectors of the economy on the negotiating objectives for modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico. We welcome the opportunity to testify today…

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Archives: Testimony