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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SUA Sugar Supplies Letter to USTR (3-12-21)

The Sweetener Users Association (SUA) appreciates the role that the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative plays in administering U.S. sugar policies, in particular the allocation of the tariff-rate quotas (TRQs). You are no doubt aware that operating U.S. sugar policy requires balance and judgment. To a greater extent than…

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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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