Corn Syrup’s DC Attack on Sugar Could Hit Minnesota Beet Industry

Minneapolis Star Tribune
By Jim Spencer

Excerpt: An unexpected declaration of war by corn syrup makers against sugar refiners in the nation’s capital will likely resonate in Minnesota’s Red River Valley.

The Corn Refiners Association, a trade group made up of four giant agribusinesses including Minnetonka-based Cargill, has hired lobbyists to gut a part of the U.S. sugar program that lets sugar makers pay back government loans with sugar instead of cash. Minnesota’s nation-leading sugar beet growers consider the program’s controversial but long-standing combination of price supports, loan guarantees and import quotas crucial to their survival.

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